Another day, another top ally of President Donald Trump appears ready to squeal on his old boss.
It hasn’t even been a week since Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to a host of finance-related indictments and implicated the president himself in the crimes, and already prosecutors in New York have racked up two major songbirds in their widening probe into hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal during the 2016 presidential campaign.
On Thursday, longtime Trump friend and National Enquirer boss David Pecker was granted immunity in exchange for testimony about who knew what when in regards to alleged hush money payments made to several women with whom Trump had had affairs with. Now, just one day later, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Trump Organization’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, has been granted prosecutorial immunity for his story, as well.
And just who is Weisselberg, you ask?
Described as “the most senior person in the organization that’s not a Trump,” and the “gatekeeper” to all of Trump’s money, Weisselberg is essentially the man who knows where all of the president’s financial bodies are buried—and possibly helped bury them, too. Beginning as an employee of family patriarch Fred Trump, the president himself described Weisselberg in 2004 as having “been with me for thirty years.” He “knows how to get things done,” Trump added.
While it’s unclear at the moment just what Weisselberg told prosecutors in exchange for his immunity deal, he had previously been called to testify before a grand jury in late July as part of the Cohen investigation. What’s more, he is specifically referenced in Cohen’s now-infamous recording with the then-candidate Trump, in which the two discuss arranging alleged hush money payments to one of the president’s paramours.
“I’ve spoken with Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up,” Cohen told the president in the the tape.
In a rambling interview with Fox News this week, Trump insisted that people “flipping” as part of investigations should be “illegal.” We’ve reached out to the White House for comment and will update if and when they respond.