Donald Trump has had an increasingly bad couple of weeks, and it’s only going to get worse.
As if the catastrophic midterm elections and his low support 2024 campaign launch announcement weren’t bad enough for the former guy, the scandal-ridden ex-president has had to contend with the explosive testimony that’s been coming out of his longtime Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg for his family company, the Trump Organization, in the Manhattan grand jury criminal investigation into the company’s alleged decades-long tax evasion schemes.
Weisselberg infamously accepted a plea deal back at the beginning of this year to plead guilty to committing tax fraud and testify to that fact in exchange for a heavily shorted 5-month prison sentence for his crimes, only under the understanding that he would not directly testify against Donald Trump.
However, if prosecutors have their way moving forward, Trump’s umbrella of protection under Weisselberg’s devout loyalty may come to end before it’s all said and done.
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According to an explosive new report from the New York Times, prosecutors are far from done with their efforts to obtain a full flip from Allen Weisselberg, as the newspaper reports they are “considering a new round of charges against Mr. Weisselberg in hopes of securing his cooperation against the former president.”
The Times reports that prosecutors are specifically looking for details on the infamous illegal hush-money payments that Donald Trump allegedly authorized to be paid to his alleged affair partner and adult film star, Stormy Daniels, in the weeks ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Trump himself has, of course, never been indicted or charged in relation to those notorious illegal payments, but the validity of them can hardly be argued anymore, as his former personal attorney and self-described “fixer” Michael Cohen ultimately served an extensive prison sentence for his role in the hush-money scheme.
However, we shouldn’t get our hopes up too far just yet.
Allen Weisselberg is a staunchly devout, loyal individual to Donald Trump. In fact, in the few implications he has made against his boss thus far, Weisselberg has reportedly teared up in the courtroom. The Times pointedly notes that, at the end of the day, there is a palpable chance that even the threat of additional criminal charges against him may not be enough to force a full flip against Trump.
“Mr. Weisselberg, who has direct knowledge of the hush-money payment, has long resisted the prosecutorial pressure campaign, repeatedly stymieing the investigation into Mr. Trump,” the newspaper reports. “There is little indication that the loyal executive, the former president’s financial gatekeeper for decades, will suddenly give in.”
Read the full report from the New York Times here.
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