So how does a defender of the law get to Donald Trump? In all likelihood, people would first have to step over all the bodies that the ex-president has thrown under the bus to protect himself. Now, the Manhattan District Attorney (DA) is up to his eyeballs in Trump’s financial records, millions of them.
What emerges as an interesting potential hook into the corner of the ex-president’s mouth is his Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Allen Weisselberg. Just how loyal to Trump et al. is the longtime keeper of the Trump Organization?
One of Weisselberg’s sons works for the Trump business managing the all cash run Central Park ice rinks. That son also lived in a Trump-owned luxury property — rent-free. Another son works for a financial company that has loaned the Trump Organization money, Ladder Capital Finances, according to The Washington Post.
Manhattan, New York District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr. (D) is in the process of potentially “flipping” the CFO. The D.A. has “cast a wide net . . . looking to shake the tree a little bit.” Typically, efforts to flip witnesses have two parts:
- ‘First, prosecutors work to build evidence that a witness may have their own legal liabilities.
- They then try to convince the witness to save themselves by turning on a higher-up.’
‘Vance hired a former famous mob prosecutor Mark F. Pomerantz — an attorney who prosecuted Gambino crime family boss John Gotti’s son in the 1990s — on a special assignment.’
Investigators have also explored how Weissleberg feels about Trump, the Washington Post continued:
‘All the real estate that he’s had. Every house, every car, every perk. The way his lifestyle goes. Is he frugal? Is he generous?. What’s his relationship with Donald…How loyal is each person to each other?’
Trump is looking at two broad probes into his “financial practices.” New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) began her investigation in 2018.
The Manhattan D.A. began with the so-called “hush-money” paid immediately prior to Trump’s presidential 2016 election by Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The two women claimed to have had affairs with the alleged financial genius.
Once Weisselberg started, his investigation has grown exponentially. He subpoenaed records:
‘Trump’s insurance brokers, his lenders, property-tax authorities in New York, even planning and zoning records from a small town that includes a Trump-owned mansion.’
Cohen tweeted this week with some glee that the tables may have been turned against Weisselberg:
‘Remember that Allen Weisselberg received (federal) immunity from the SDNY to provide information and testify against me for the @StormyDaniels payment#KarmaBoomerang.’
Originally, The New York Times reported that a person familiar with the investigation said a witness was queried:
‘Have you ever met his wife? Have you ever been to his home?’
Weisselberg also received immunity for his information regarding Cohen’s “hush-money.” The pay-outs occurred before the president’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, went to prison for three years for the crime:
‘Weisselberg testified about others in exchange for immunity for himself. Prosecutors were interested in the Trump Organization’s reimbursement of Cohen for the hush-money payments.’
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