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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 06:37 PM

Here's what Allen Weisselberg, the Trump family's longtime money man, could tell Congress [View all]

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-michael-cohen-money-handler-testify-929317bc9a47/


Hereís what Allen Weisselberg, the Trump familyís longtime money man, could tell Congress
According to Michael Cohen, Weisselberg knows where the bodies are buried.
Danielle McLean
Mar 1, 2019, 3:09 pm

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Weisselberg likely knows Trumpís business practices better than anyone: He started as an accountant for Trumpís father, Fred Trump, a real estate developer, in the 1970s and has held financial roles within the Trump familyís inner circle since. Weisselberg helped run Trumpís failed casino in Atlantic City in the early 2000s. He was also treasurer of the presidentís charitable organization, the Trump Foundation, which dissolved in 2018 after prosecutors found it was used to fatten Trumpís business and campaign coffers.

The office of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating the foundation for receiving improper donations from foreigners, and lawmakers, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), have signaled they want to initiate an investigation after Cohenís Oversight Committee testimony. Cohen said Trump used foundation funds to improperly purchase a portrait of himself and inflate its selling price.

The Trump Organization and its finances are also under investigation by the Southern District of New York. Prosecutors are looking into whether company executives may have violated campaign finance laws, the New York Times reported. Weisselberg has reportedly been a focus of that inquiry.

Weisselberg, according to Cohen, signed some of the checks that reimbursed Cohen for hush-money payments
made to women who claimed they had affairs with the president. Cohen also said the presidentís son, Donald Trump Jr., and President Trump himself signed such checks.

Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in jail after pleading guilty to what the judge described as ďveritable smorgasbord of criminal conductĒ ó including tax dodging, lying to banks, and campaign-finance violations related to those hush-money payments. Weisselberg was granted immunity for his cooperation in that case.

Cohen made other claims about illegal business practices by Trump through the Trump Foundation and Trump Organization, which Weisselberg could have insight into.

Cohen claimed Trump directed the Trump Foundation to refund a fake bidder he paid to purchase a portrait of himself at an auction in the Hamptons in 2013. He also claimed that Trump inflated his net worth to lenders, inflated property values to insurers, and deflated property values for tax dodging purposes.

Weisselberg, along with Eric Trump and Don Jr., has also managed Trumpís private trust.

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