According to former Department of Justice official and FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann, the successful prosecution of former President Donald Trump will likely require the cooperation of Trump Organization CFO Allen, the Washington Examiner reported.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Weissmann said that because of Weisselberg’s insider knowledge of Trump’s business affairs, he could have a key role in the ongoing investigation by District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. into whether Trump committed either bank, insurance, or tax fraud.
Key to a successful case
“I think a really important piece is going to be flipping the CFO, Weisselberg,” Weissmann said.
He continued, “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.'”
From the standpoint of a prosecutor, Weissmann said that having an insider like Weisselberg, is “really important” if you do not have “tapes or a paper trail.”
“It’s too early to really speculate until you know whether [Weisselberg] flipped or not,” Weissmann said.
But, he said that if Weisselberg does flip, then Vance’s case against Trump is likely going to be successful.
As Weissmann noted, it isn’t certain whether Weisselberg has “flipped” on Trump, but it’s clear that Vance and his investigators in New York are doing their best to get him to do so.
Last month, investigators subpoenaed Weisselberg to get his personal bank records. Just this past week, investigators subpoenaed Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg. Jennifer was previously married to Allen’s son Barry, who runs the Trump Organization’s Central Park Wollman ice rink, until their divorce in 2018.
According to The Washington Post, investigators seized potential evidence from Jennifer, including a laptop computer and at least three boxes of documents.
In the past, Jennifer had claimed that she had financial documents related to the Trump administration as well as other documents on the Weisselberg family. Her lawyer has said she “has joint-bank-account information, credit cards, tax records, [and] tax returns.”
Jennifer told The Post that her “knowledge of the documents” and her “voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization.”