Even though former President Donald Trump has been out of office for several months, he has a number of political enemies that are still working overtime on a number of investigations that mostly center around his finances, taxes and business dealings.
According to the Washington Examiner, Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor who worked under former special counsel Robert Mueller, revealed recently that the best way to hamstring the 45th president in a criminal case is to convince former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg to flip on him.
Notably, Weismann was one of the key players involved in securing convictions against former Trump insiders like Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in the early days of Trump’s first and only term in the White House.
Though Trump still faces a number of pending investigations, most of which will likely not go very far, one being run by District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. seems to hold the most promise, according to what Weissmann said recently in an interview with New York Magazine.
“I think a really important piece is going to be flipping the CFO, Weisselberg,” Weissmann said. “I think that is going to just be so critical in terms of being able to deal with Trump’s defense of, ‘I didn’t know,’ or ‘Weisselberg was signing off on things, so I had no criminal intent. Who am I to second-guess accounting and legal issues?'”
Weissmann went on to express confidence that a case against the former president could be made if insiders like Weisselberg turn on his former boss.
Moves to make that happen are seemingly already underway, as just last week Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law was subpoenaed for a variety of different financial records for her ex-husband, which would be Weisselberg’s son. Specific requests were made for records related to dealings with the Trump Organization.
Last week, the Trump Organization hired high-powered New York criminal defense attorney Ronald Fischetti as the company faces additional investigations, including one being led by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Only time will tell if Trump’s political enemies in New York are able to flip the right people and make the right moves to bring a criminal case against the former president, but one thing is clear: They don’t appear to be letting up.