This week brought an unwelcome turn in the spotlight for a notoriously under-the-radar fixture in President Trump’s inner circle: Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg. Weisselberg’s name first cropped up in a now-public audio recording of Trump and his former fixer Michael Cohen discussing a payment related to Trump’s alleged affair with a former Playboy playmate.
According to CNN, Michael Cohen says President Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting from Don Jr., approved the meeting in advance, was looking forward to getting the dirt. A little backstory on this. Cohen has been suggesting that he knows this and is willing to testify to that effect. CNN is apparently the first to get this solid enough to report.
Late last month, in the midst of a federal investigation into Cohen,
sources close to the former Trump lawyer made a bombshell claim to CNN. They said that, according to Cohen, Donald Trump himself knew in advance about his son Don Jr.’s secret meeting
with a Russian delegation during the 2016 campaign. These anonymous
sources added that Cohen would be happy to tell special counsel Robert
Mueller all about this. And other media outlets, such as the Washington Post, soon heard similar things from a source close to Cohen.
President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday in a
Manhattan courthouse to eight violations of banking, tax and campaign
finance laws in a federal investigation that scrutinized his business
dealings and efforts to silence women with negative stories about Trump.
Federal investigators in New York are
seeking to determine whether Mr. Cohen misrepresented the value of his
assets to obtain the loans, which exceed $20 million. They
are also examining how he handled the income from his taxi medallions
and whether he failed to report it to the Internal Revenue Service.
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, admitted in
court on Thursday that he had engaged in negotiations to build a tower
in Moscow for Mr. Trump well into the 2016 presidential campaign, far
later than previously known.
Michael D. Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President
Trump, has indefinitely postponed his congressional testimony, his
lawyer said in a statement on Wednesday, citing Mr. Trump’s verbal
attacks on Mr. Cohen’s family in the days since he scheduled his
appearance on Capitol Hill.
New York state regulators have subpoenaed President
Trump’s insurance broker, following testimony from former Trump attorney
Michael Cohen that Trump exaggerated his wealth to insurance companies. That
subpoena — acknowledged Tuesday by broker Aon PLC — signaled another
line of inquiry into Trump’s private business, this time by New York’s
Department of Financial Services.