According to The Daily Beast, prosecutors are seeking to get past the Trump Organization’s “mob-like code of silence” by exploiting a long-running feud between two family dynasties. Former President Donald Trump appears to be aware of the strategy and has reminded business associates and others to “stick together” and stay strong. The characters in Trump’s orbit sound like something out of a badly scripted soap opera.
“The target of this three-year criminal investigation has always seemed to be former President Donald Trump himself,” the outlet reports. “To nail him, investigators might need to flip Allen Weisselberg, his right-hand finance man. But to get that guy, they’ll need to leverage his deputy, the accountant Jeffrey S. McConney. And it looks like they’ve found an avenue to pressure him: “Matty” Calamari Jr.”
Two people familiar with the matter told the outlet that “prosecutors are trying to use the Trump Organization’s young head of corporate security, Matty, to elicit damning information about the company’s controller, McConney. One of those sources said Matty’s only tie to McConney is that the accountant prepared his individual taxes years ago—and prosecutors are exploring whether those taxes accurately reported details about his residency and corporate apartment and vehicle.”
“Hence why “Matty Jr.” was subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury on Sept. 2. McConney was also brought in a second time later that same day, according to this person,” the report continues.
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“The twice-impeached former president’s point was simple: his staffers and confidants should not allow New York investigators to manipulate or play employees off one another over the course of the criminal probe into the Trump family empire,” the outlet reports. “Those calls for continued loyalty apply to the elder Weisselberg even as his name keeps getting stripped from Trump corporate documents since he was indicted this summer.”
The Weisselbergs and Calamaris have been hostile with each other for decades now.
“They hate each other. It’s a war,” Jennifer Weisselberg, Allen Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law, told the outlet recently. “These families have each had multiple respective members employed by Trump, and each family includes fathers who have pledged professional, personal or even political devotion to The Donald and his kin,” the report adds.
No one is surprised that Donald runs his business as if he’s a mob boss.
You can read the full report here.
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