Legal controversies are nothing new to former President Donald Trump. However, an attorney and former member of special counsel Robert Mueller’s so-called “Dream Team” says there’s one legal matter that should give Trump cause for concern, the Washington Examiner reported.
In an interview with New York Magazine published over the weekend, former Justice Department official and FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann explained that of all the legal battles against the former president, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr’s investigation into possible bank, tax, or insurance fraud has the greatest chance of success.
In particular, Weissmann said Trump should be concerned over Vance’s attempts to “flip” Allen Weisselberg, who serves as the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer.
“We will win”
The former president suffered a legal setback in February after the Supreme Court refused to shield his tax records from being subpoenaed by Vance in the criminal case against Trump.
“The Supreme Court never should have let this ‘fishing expedition’ happen, but they did,” Trump said at the time, CNBC reported.
Trump said that Vance is driven by partisan animus rather than legitimate investigative motives.
“I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me,” Trump said, insisting, “We will win!”
CFO’s former daughter-in-law subpoenaed
According to Weissman, a successful prosecution will heavily rely on Vance’s ability to flip Weisselberg against the former president. “I think a really important piece is going to be flipping the CFO, Weisselberg,” Weissmann said.
“I think that is going to just be so critical in terms of being able to deal with Trump’s defense of, ‘I didn’t know,’ or ‘Weisselberg was signing off on things, so I had no criminal intent,” he continued.
“That is really important, unless you have tapes or a paper trail, to have an insider,” Weissmann added. “I just think it’s too early to really speculate until you know whether he’s flipped or not. If he flips, I think that this case is going to be made.”
Last week, as part of the investigation into Trump’s tax, banking and insurance affairs, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office seized the financial records of Jessica Weisselberg, Allen Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law, according to The Washington Post.
According to the Examiner, Jessica Weisselberg has said she believes that the CFO will “turn on” Trump in order to protect his children.