Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have reportedly sought grand jury testimony from Allen Weisselberg, the chief monetary officer of the Trump Group.
The testimony was sought in reference to the probe of Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The Wall Street Journal broke the information and the New York Occasions adopted with its own story. Each articles depend on nameless sources.
The Journal describes Weisselberg as “a reserved accountant” identified for his loyalty to Trump. In accordance with the Occasions, the event “set off alarm bells throughout the Trump Group” as a result of Weisselberg has huge obligations. They embrace administration of Trump’s personal belief, some involvement with the Trump Basis, and occasional evaluate of the presidential marketing campaign’s books.
Prosecutors are investigating whether or not Cohen violated banking or marketing campaign finance legal guidelines by arranging hush funds earlier than the election to stifle allegations of affairs by Trump, based on the Occasions. The probe is impartial from the particular counsel’s investigation of Russian affect within the 2016 election.
Earlier this week, a lawyer for Cohen released an audio recording of a gathering between him and the president by which the 2 males mentioned paying for the story of a former Playboy mannequin who alleged an affair with Trump. On the tape, Cohen stated he had spoken with Weisselberg about the best way to arrange an organization to make the cost, in addition to a plan for financing. A former Weisselberg affiliate informed the Journal that folks within the firm although Cohen made the declare to bolster his credibility.
An nameless supply additionally informed the Journal that Cohen additionally confirmed Weisselberg information associated to his expenditures on Trump’s behalf earlier than Weisselberg organized a $35,000 month-to-month retainer for Cohen. Cohen had made a $130,000 hush cash cost to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels from his personal funds. A supply informed the Journal that Weisselberg didn’t know in regards to the Daniels cost when he organized the retainer.
The Journal says Weisselberg was subpoenaed, whereas the Occasions says it’s not clear whether or not there was a subpoena or a request for voluntary testimony. It’s additionally unclear whether or not Weisselberg has already testified, the Journal studies.