The Manhattan district attorney’s office has informed Donald Trump’s lawyers that it is considering criminal charges against his family business, the Trump Organization, in connection with fringe benefits the company awarded a top executive, but prosecutors in the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. are having difficulty earning the cooperation of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg.
The pressure on the CFO is mounting as the DA’s office has already announced impending charges against the Trump Org as early as next week. Prosecutors had been building a case for months against Weisselberg as part of an effort to pressure him to cooperate with a broader inquiry into Mr. Trump’s business dealings. But it was not previously known that the Trump Organization also might face charges.
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The question of “What did he know, and when did he know it?” has more weight when it comes to Weisselberg, the longtime close advisor to Trump who personally handled the Trump family’s finances as well. Ivanka may have pulled an “I don’t know her” when questioned about Weisselberg, but she knows all too well just how much he knows.
Trump Org could could be hit with criminal charges as early as next week. Let the shit show begin.
— I Smoked Steve Bannon With Contempt (@BlackKnight10k) June 25, 2021
The man whom Michael Cohen said is “…making the same mistake that I made, and the same mistake that Rudy Giuliani is making, in the fact that he actually thinks that Trump is going to be loyal specifically to him” is facing serious charges as the investigation into the Trump Org expands.
And to be clear, the Manhattan DA leak of the pending indictment of Trump Org and Weisselberg is intended to force one of Trump kids to flip. The first one to do so gets the best deal. And at least 2 of the 3 will flip (as will Bone Saw Boy Jared)
— Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) June 26, 2021
On Friday’s edition of “The Reid Out”, host Joy Reid led a panel discussion that included longtime prosecutor Cynthia Alksne, who spoke about the issues facing the prosecution without the cooperation of a star witness like Weisselberg. Watch the full segment, below.