With former President Donald Trump no longer under the protection of his job at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it appears as though everybody and their brother is trying to get a piece of him.
For some, there is a sense that justice wasn’t served in the case of the attempted insurrection of January 6th, while others, like the Southern District of New York, are hellbent on examining Trump’s financial records to evidence of wrongdoing.
It’s this latter probe that appears to be putting some pressure on one of the The Don’s accountants.
When lawyers asked Donald Trump more than a decade ago to identify who estimated values on some of his signature properties, he shrugged and pointed to his longtime accountant, Allen Weisselberg.take our poll - story continues below
“I think ultimately probably Mr. Weisselberg,” he said, testifying in 2007 in a defamation lawsuit he brought against a journalist, a case that hinged on whether Trump had inflated the value of his business empire. “I never got too much involved, other than I would give my opinion.”
A judge dismissed that suit, but Trump’s comments illustrate the challenges now facing Weisselberg, 73, as he comes under scrutiny in Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s investigation into whether the former U.S. president and his Trump Organization committed financial crimes.
Weisselberg is coming under intense pressure to rat out his former boss.
Legal experts and a source familiar with the criminal investigation say prosecutors’ apparent goal is to convince Weisselberg to cooperate with the probe into Trump’s dealings.
“They want him to turn,” said the person familiar with the investigation.
There has been no indication as to how Weisselberg will proceed.
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