Allen Weisselberg, President Trump’s longtime financial
gatekeeper, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for
providing information about Michael Cohen in the criminal
investigation into hush-money payments for two women during the
2016 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with
Mr. Weisselberg, who is chief financial officer of the Trump
Organization, was called to testify before a federal grand jury in
the investigation earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal
previously reported, citing people familiar with the
investigation. He then spoke to investigators, though it isn’t
clear whether he appeared before the grand jury.
The decision by prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s
office to grant immunity to Mr. Weisselberg escalates the pressure
on Mr. Trump, whom Mr. Weisselberg has served for decades as
executive vice president as well as CFO for the Trump
Organization. After Mr. Trump was elected, he handed control of
his financial assets and business interests to his two adult sons
and Mr. Weisselberg.
Mr. Weisselberg didn’t respond to a request for comment. A lawyer
for Mr. Trump, who on Thursday said so-called flipping “almost
ought to be illegal,” declined to comment.
The only reason prosecutors typically grant immunity is if someone is able to testify about crimes committed by someone higher up the ladder. And there’s only one person higher up the ladder from Weisselberg. But I’m sure Trump and his family have nothing to worry about, because surely there is nothing illegal in the Trump Organization’s books.