President Trump’s Former Bookkeeper Has Been Subpoenaed By FBI In Cohen Case

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Who would know more about the financial operations of the republican President Donald Trump’ operations and businesses than his former bookkeeper of umpteen years, Allen  Weisselberg.  He has been subpoenaed to testify before the federal grand jury in the criminal probe of the president’s former personal attorney, fixer, consigliere.

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In the month of July 2018, Allan Smith of Business Insider penned the following report, “Federal prosecutors subpoenaed a top Trump Organization executive to testify in the Michael Cohen case”

Excerpts:

  • “A top Trump Organization executive was reportedly summoned to testify before a grand jury in the ongoing criminal investigation involving President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.”
  • “The executive, Allen Weisselberg, was mentioned by Cohen in the secret recording of a September 2016 conversation between the attorney and Trump.”
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“A top Trump Organization executive was summoned to testify before a grand jury in the ongoing criminal investigation involving President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday .”

“Allen Weisselberg, the Trump’s Organization’s chief financial officer, is considered a witness in the investigation, according to the Journal.”

“The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment when asked by Business Insider whether the subpoena was issued before or after Cohen’s secret recording of a conversation between him and Trump aired Tuesday on CNN.”

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“Weisselberg found himself dragged into the ongoing saga involving Cohen and Trump after the tape’s release. In the September 2016 audio recording, which Cohen apparently made without Trump’s knowledge, the two men discuss buying the rights to the story of a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Trump years ago.”

“Cohen mentioned Weisselberg at a couple of key points during the recording, which was seized by the FBI in its April raids of Cohen’s home, office, and hotel room as part of the investigation.”

“The former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, has said she had an affair with Trump in 2006. The National Enquirer purchased McDougal’s story for $150,000 in August 2016 but never published anything on it. That practice is known as “catch and kill,” and it effectively silenced McDougal’s allegations.”

“The tape contains a conversation between Cohen and Trump in which they discuss a plan to purchase the rights to McDougal’s story from the outlet’s publisher, American Media Inc. — whose head, David Pecker, is a friend of Trump’s and Cohen’s — for about $150,000.”

“On the tape, Cohen can be heard saying he needs to open up a company for “the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David.” Cohen said he spoke with Weisselberg “about how to set the whole thing up,” later adding he also spoke with him about it “when it comes time for the financing.”

“Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor who’s now a partner at Thompson Coburn, told Business Insider on Wednesday that “at the very least” Weisselberg is likely an important witness in the Cohen investigation “because he can recount what Cohen said” to him about the potential payment, something investigators were already said to be probing.”

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“Weisselberg could face liability, too, depending on what was said in that conversation, Mariotti said.”

“But the only way Mariotti said he sees Weisselberg’s involvement becoming more closely tied to the Trump Organization is if the company was directly involved in any financing, not if he was providing Cohen his advice on how to handle the matter.”

“Futerfas disputed Cohen’s comments on the tape in an interview with The Washington Post.”

 

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“Pointing to Cohen’s and Futerfas’ comments, Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant US attorney for the District of New Jersey, said one of two things must be true.”

“Either Michael Cohen lied to Donald Trump when he said that he had already discussed the issue with Mr. Weisselberg, or Mr. Futerfas’ statement is false,” he said.”

A longtime Trump fixture

“The Cohen tape is the latest episode in which Weisselberg, a longtime Trump Organization executive, has seen his name pop up.”

“In May, The New York Times reported that Weisselberg had known since 2017 of Trump’s reimbursement to Cohen for a $130,000 payment to the adult-film star Stormy Daniels, long before Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said Trump had reimbursed Cohen.”

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“Weisselberg is also a key figure in the New York attorney general’s lawsuit against the Trump Foundation alleging that it engaged in a “pattern of illegal conduct” stretching for more than a decade, including coordinating with the Trump campaign.”

“In one piece of evidence included by the acting New York attorney general, Barbara Underwood, Trump signed a note addressed to “Allen W” calling for the foundation to provide $100,000 to Fisher House as part of a legal settlement involving Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.”

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Weisselberg’s appearance on the Cohen recording should worry Trump

“Timothy O’Brien, the Bloomberg opinion editor and Trump biographer, wrote on Wednesday that Weisselberg’s appearance on the secret Cohen recording “should worry the president.”

“Weisselberg has detailed information about the Trump Organization’s operations, business deals and finances,” O’Brien wrote. “If he winds up in investigators’ crosshairs for secreting payoffs, he could potentially provide much more damaging information to prosecutors than Cohen ever could about the president’s dealmaking.”

“Weisselberg, who traces his origins at the Trump Organization to the 1970s when he began working under the president’s father, Fred Trump, “knows more about the Trump Organization’s history and finances than nearly anyone,” O’Brien wrote.”

“Weisselberg was named along with Trump’s two adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., as the people who would manage the Trump Organization after Trump’s inauguration.”

See article: Trump-Cohen tape: Allen Weisselberg subpoenaed by federal

8 comments

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    I suspect there is a lot more to this subpoena to Weisselberg than just his involvement in setting up a fake business for the transfer of funds to purchase the Playmate files. The involvement of Weisselberg in the tRump Casino bankruptcy in 2009 could show his actual position in the tRump Business. One red flag for me is that Mueller and his team of investigators is not just interviewing Weisselberg, but instead are calling him to testify before the Grand Jury. This indicates to me that Mueller has much more interest in this man than we might expect if he was simply a lowly book keeper.. Could it be that Weisseberg and tRump were actually involved in direct funding from a money laundering source? One other person that recently has been somewhat flying under the radar, that I expect to see called before the Grand Jury soon is Hope Hicks. Cohen mentioned that in the discussions with tRump about the tRump Tower meeting several other people were involved, could Weisselberg and Hicks been in that group? It seems with Hicks having admitted she was present on AF-1 when the infamous, and now known a fake, excuse note generated for Donnie Jr., would it not seem plausible that she was present during the entire planning stage? I think we will see a lot more about Hope Hick’s participation in the entire Russia episode before the dust settles…

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      You may very well be right. Mr. Weisselberg being questioned by the grand jury could be just to test how open he would be under oath and it front of others. Will he assert his 5th amendment right?

      By limiting the scope of the investigation to the transfer of monies to hush up the president’s sexual dalliances, it limits the criminal liability exposure by Mr.. Weisselberg and if necessary, the level of immunity he could be granted. It could be a testing of the waters.

      Donnie Jr. is definitely in the hot seat. I’m not so sure about Hope Hicks.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Dear Mz. Gronda,

        Actually for the Mueller investigation it might be great if he were to take the 5th! If he does Mueller can give him immunity and force him to testify! That might cause the whole empire to come tumbling down, much like Keith said happened to Al Capone! This man has the potential to be much more damaging to tRump than Cohen…

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  2. Gronda, it was the bookkeeper who put Al Capone away. A man who is notorious for performing little due diligence on who he hires and cannot keep his hands and other body parts to himself leaves a trail.

    I have often cited conservative columnist David Brooks. He has been somewhat skeptical of what the Mueller investigation would uncover. Yet last night on PBS Newshour, he said he has moved from a 3 to a 6 on a scale of 10 on believing culpability of Trump. He noted the reason is the lying and changing stories. For me, I am at 10. There is no doubt in my mind that Trump is guilty. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      You, I, Jill and others have been at the 10 mark for quite while.

      Al Capone got 11 years for tax evasion. I would be okay if President Trump paid a similar price. I’m certain that when the Democrats win the majority of seats in the US Congress that one of the committee heads will be subpoenaing the president’s tax records which should have been ordered ages ago.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Dear Ivankinsman,

    This bookkeeper could be the president’s undoing. The president has been acting like he is becoming unglued. Thanks a million for your support and for this reblog.

    Hugs, Gronda

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