‘It’s Taken Over My Life’: Ex-Melania Friend Working With Prosecutors On Inauguration Probe

Former Vogue special event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff stops in front of the media at Trump Tower in New York on December 5, 2016. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)
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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former close friend to first lady Melania Trump, claimed on Monday that she is working with three prosecutors in their investigations into the Trump inaugural committee.

“I’m working with three different prosecutors, and it’s taken over my life,” she told ABC News in a pre-taped interview.

Those would be the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, along with the attorneys general in New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Winston Wolkoff was an adviser to the inaugural committee, which spent a jaw-dropping $104 million on the event after raising more than $107 million. Her ABC News interview is part of her media tour to promote her tell-all book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady.”

The New York Times reported in February 2018 that Winston Wolkoff’s event planning firm had received more than $26 million. Winston Wolkoff claimed to ABC News that she did not personally received that full sum after paying her employees and transferring the funds to an outside company that would produce the events.

Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokesperson, told the New York Times in its exposé that Trump had “no involvement” with the inaugural committee, a statement Winston Wolkoff described as “complete and utter horseshit” in her book.

Winston Wolkoff told ABC News that Trump had “turned her back on me” when she “begged” the first lady to publicly admit she knew how the committee’s finances were being run.

Winston Wolkoff claimed she had a recorded conversation with Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, in which she discussed the committee’s expenditures. The FBI later seized the recording during its raid in the investigation into Cohen.

Grisham told ABC News that Winston Wolkoff’s allegations were “clearly based on some imagined need for revenge.”

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  1. Reminds me of the little twinkie who was the head of BP who got so bored with the whole pollution of the Gulf by their mismanagement. He was the one who “wanted my life back” so he could make the yacht races at Cowes, while the fishing industry on the gulf coast was shattered and people’s livelihoods were obliterated by BP.

  2. “I’m working with three different prosecutors, and it’s taken over my life.”

    Sounds like a classic case of Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent.
    Or, in English, “When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”

  3. Avatar for davcbr davcbr says:

    “Winston Wolkoff claimed she had a recorded conversation with Michael Cohen”
    Which recording shall we use?

  4. Wolkoff describes Melania as a “fake watch on a street corner” and herself as" the sucker who bought it" in Good Morning America interview.
    Video :point_down:
    https://twitter.com/GMA/status/1300397588953399299

    About that Inaugural Probe…
    Note that Ivanka has been complicit/knew about over charging Trump Campaign for the use of Trump Hotel…

    Gates and Mickael Damelincourt, the hotel’s managing director, met and settled on $175,000 per day for the ballroom and separate food and beverage costs. The lawsuit says the committee paid a total of $1,033,757 for all costs for the events.

    In an email to Gates and Ivanka Trump, Winston Wolkoff raised concerns over this price, too, saying that “when this is audited, it will become public knowledge.” Winston Wolkoff said the rental cost should not exceed $85,000 per day.

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