THE THIRD MAN
Allen Weisselberg Is the Trump Exec Who Could Take Down the Donald
As Michael Cohen testified, the name of another member of the Trump Organization came up at least 35 times as his partner in hushing up Trump’s mistress problem.
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Move over Michael Cohen, there’s a new Trump minion ready for the investigative spotlight. Meet Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer whom House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings says his committee “probably will” bring in to testify alongside Donald Trump Jr. Both men’s signatures showed up on the same hush-money check to a woman involved with Trump Sr. So who’s the guy whose name came up at least 35 times during Cohen’s hearing?
The gang comes up with a plan: In his opening statement, Cohen fleshed out what had been a pretty bare-bones account from federal prosecutors in New York about how the mistress money payout scheme for Stormy Daniels went down. In the process, he cast the spotlight on Weisselberg, a longtime member of the Trump operation since Fred ran it but a relative newcomer to the Donald Trump investigation.