Things over at the White House are likely growing tense this weekend, as yet another of President Trump’s close confidantes has apparently joined Michael Cohen in betraying his trust.
Earlier this week President Trump was hit with a legal doubt whammy, as both Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort were convicted of several counts of illegal activity in distant relation to the probe still ongoing under the guidance of Robert Mueller. In the case of Michael Cohen, longtime lawyer to Donald Trump, Cohen’s own sworn testimony sought to implicate the President himself in felonious activity.
In other words, it was not a pretty day at the White House.
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Now, a longtime Trump Foundation bigwig has also been talking with investigators, spelling a possible looming disaster for The Donald.
President Trump’s financial gatekeeper was granted immunity by federal authorities in New York and testified before a grand jury, the third longtime confidant of Mr. Trump known to have provided information in an illegal hush-money investigation that has implicated the president.
Allen Weisselberg, who has served for decades as chief financial officer and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, testified several weeks ago in the criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan into Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, people familiar with the matter said.
Earlier this week, Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to eight criminal charges, including facilitating illegal campaign contributions during the 2016 presidential campaign to pay hush money to two women. He said Mr. Trump directed him to make the payments.
Mr. Weisselberg was one of the executives who helped reimburse Mr. Cohen through the Trump Organization and the president’s personal trust for a $130,000 payment Mr. Cohen made before the 2016 election to Stephanie Clifford, a former adult-film actress known as Stormy Daniels, for staying silent over her allegation of a past sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, which he has denied.
Of course, all of this should be tempered by the reality of the situation, in such a way that we remember that Robert Mueller is far, far away from #RussiaGate right now. Much of this trouble that Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen have found themselves in is wholly unrelated to anything involving the Kremlin.