Donald Trump is going through some things, and one question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is, who will flip on whom? There’s speculation from insiders and pundits, and numerous developments that hint pressure may be on for some of the former president’s closest allies to share what they know.
Allen Weisselberg has been a presumed target for a while. As reported earlier this month, subpoenas have already been issued connected to payments made on his behalf, to the tune of at least half a million dollars, to allow his grandchildren to attend a private school. The question seems to be whether the payments were made by the Trump organization as a tax dodge.
Weisselberg is the Chief Financial Officer for the Trump Organization, and if the company has been falsifying documents and otherwise illegally dodging taxes, as alleged, he’d be a likely party to know the facts. The question, of course, is whether he’ll tell those facts to investigators — which is where his own culpability comes in.
Now Mother Jones is reporting that there are additional documents, emails, that could implicate Weisselberg in another Trump financial issue.
Specifically, the Attorney General for Washington DC is reportedly investigating whether Trump’s inauguration team misused charitable funds to enrich the Trump family — and now emails suggest that Weisselberg oversaw the audit of the Presidential Inauguration Committee’s spending, which included over a million dollars to the Trump International Hotel for event space that is normally not rented at that exorbitant rate, and hundreds of thousands more for a private party at the Trump hotel that AG Karl Racine says shouldn’t have been paid for with funds raised for the inauguration.
All of this adds up to one more Trump investigation that Weisselberg could be incriminated in — and one more piece of information that might be used as pressure to get the CFO to trade information on Trump for a reduced sentence.
After the news broke that a Grand Jury had been convened in the Souther District of New York to determine whether the evidence already collected is sufficient to start pressing charges, the former president turned to his blog, where he posts since being kicked off of social media sites, to complain yet again that this is a ‘witch hunt.’
“New York City and State are suffering the highest crime rates in their history, and instead of going after murderers, drug dealers, human traffickers, and others, they come after Donald Trump.”
Trump has been pursued for these alleged financial crimes since before he took office, and fought throughout his tenure to avoid turning over the tax documents that were requested as evidence.
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