The former daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg said on Thursday that she believes the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization whom she has known for years, will flip as investigators dig deeper into his personal and financial dealings.
When asked Thursday by CNN anchor Erin Burnett whether her ex-husband’s father whom she’s known for decades would “flip” amid a sweeping criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and his family business, Jennifer Weisselberg delivered a one-word answer: “yes.”
Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg's former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, says without hesitation that he will flip on former Pres. Trump.
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Her response predicting that investigators would succeed in securing cooperation from Weisselberg against Trump, come after a multiple reports on Thursday indicated that New York attorney general Letitia James’s office has been criminally investigating Allen Weisselberg for months over tax issues.
That investigation likely heaps additional pressure onto the trusted financial officer, who has worked for Trump’s family business for decades. Weisselberg has not been accused of wrongdoing.
Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance’s office has reportedly also been seeking to secure his cooperation for months in its own criminal inquiry into Trump and his company related to potential bank and tax fraud. It was recently revealed that the two offices would collaborate in the criminal inquiry as James’s office notified the Trump Organization that information sought in its separate civil probe could be used in a “criminal capacity.”
Jennifer Weisselberg, who was married to Allen’s son Barry for 14 years, and has been cooperating with investigators, said that she had provided documents in the probe that show the former president had paid for the tuition of one of the couple’s children at a Manhattan private school that Trump’s son Barron had previously attended.
She told the Wall Street Journal that she and her ex-husband had never paid their children’s tuition when it reported last week that prosecutors have subpoenaed a Manhattan private school for records related to the CFO’s grandchildren.
“I have records of Donald Trump paying for one of my children’s tuition at her private school, and specifically saying in terms of control that they couldn’t go to another,” Weisselberg said during the CNN interview Thursday. “It looks like it was compensation tax benefits for the Trump Organization or for Donald Trump himself.”
“It’s basically all about tax strategies,” she added.
According to WSJ, more than $500,000 of the students’ tuition had been paid for with checks signed by either Allen Weisselberg or Trump which Jennifer Weisselberg reportedly told the paper she understood to part of Barry’s compensation package for his work at the Trump Organization.
Jennifer Weisselberg said on Thursday that she believed investigators were examining potential tax issues with the tuition payments, which have reportedly drawn scrutiny among other perks the couple received amid her ex-husband’s work for the company.
“There’s nothing legal going on there,” she added.