Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime financial gatekeeper, has been granted immunity in the Michael Cohen case.

By | 2018-08-25T06:25:49+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |18 Comments

Okay, it’s official, this is definitely the worst week in Donald Trump’s entire life.

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal

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 the matter.

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.

Last year, Mr. Weisselberg arranged for the Trump Organization to reimburse Mr. Cohen, who had in October 2016 made a $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford, a former adult-film actress who claimed she had sex with Mr. Trump a decade earlier, in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair. A person familiar with Mr. Weisselberg’s thinking said he didn’t know that money was intended to pay Ms. Clifford, who goes professionally by Stormy Daniels, when he agreed in January 2017 to a $35,000 monthly retainer for Mr. Cohen.

That month, according to charging documents filed Tuesday, Mr. Cohen gave executives at the Trump Organization a copy of the bank statement from his bank account for Essential Consultants LLC, the company he used to pay Ms. Clifford the previous fall. The statement reflected Mr. Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford, as well as an additional $50,000 that Mr. Cohen added in handwriting was for “tech services.”

Executives at the Trump Organization “ ‘grossed up’ for tax purposes” Mr. Cohen’s requested reimbursement, doubling it to $360,000, and added a $60,000 bonus, the document said. The next month, one executive at the company asked another executive to pay Mr. Cohen’s monthly retainer “from the trust” and to “post to legal expenses.”

You know right about now Donald Trump must feel like one of those leaders of a wagon train in the old west completely surrounded by an aggressive enemy who keeps seeing wagons leaving the circle and joining up with his attackers. 

At this point, Trump is so beyond fucked, that we need to come up with a more fucked up word to describe it. 

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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 24, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Here come the tax returns…………………………..

  2. anon August 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIx7yW9FMfw

    ‘Spring Awakening – Totally Fucked’

  3. Anonymous August 24, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Mueller’s Ultimate Play to Checkmate Trump

    …What we are watching at this point is how Robert Mueller is closing in on the two “get shit done” players in the conspiracy of cooperation between Trump and Putin. The special counsel has bagged a lot of pawns in this investigation and we don’t know how much of the big picture he’s been able to verify so far. But Mueller strikes me as someone who is relentlessly thorough. In order to build the complete case of how Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election and the role of the Trump campaign in that process, he wants to also bag the guys that managed the whole thing for the president. Flipping the queens is how he checkmates the king.

    https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/08/24/muellers-ultimate-play-to-checkmate-trump/

  4. anon August 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/24/trump-crime-family-shatters-as-ny-investigation-could-be-looking-at-don-jr-ivanka-and-kushner.html

    “The American people are watching as the spotlight, and the intensity of the coverage of the presidency is shining light on the years of crime and corruption carried out by the Trump family. With the Trump Organization CFO, David Pecker, and Michael Cohen all either pleading guilty or being granted immunity; the Trump family is watching the people who worked within their organization spill their darkest secrets.

    There is also a state-level investigation into the Trump Foundation, and all of the Trump children sit on the board of directors. Trump can’t pardon away any state charges that are leveled against his children. A crime family is cracking before the eyes of a nation”

  5. DR August 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    FB>”Let’s not forget in all that is going on that President Trump faces many credible accusations of $EXual hara$$ment and a$$ault.”

  6. MM August 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    #GUILTY.
    https://www.facebook.com/mmflint/photos/rpp.24674986856/10155475571606857/?type=3&theater
    (Pictured in 1985 at their lobbying firm: Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Lee Atwater)

  7. anon August 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/lawyer-nixons-disgraced-vp-says-trump-resign-longer-waits-worse-going-get/

    ‘“He’s going downhill—this is just the beginning,” London said. “He’s already lost several associates and close friends… when that doorbell rings and the guy says
    ‘I’m from the FBI’ let me tell you, it’s every man for himself. So, that suggests to me that the longer he waits the worse it’s going to get.”
    “London referred to Rudy Giuliani as “Rudy the Clown” and mocked his claims about the Trump Tower with Russian officials. That meeting alone is evidence that the Trumps sought foreign interference in the election “I think he’s in the {$wamp} soup and I think I know 10 percent of what’s going on,”
    “The longer this goes on, the greater the exposure is going to be. ”
    “~IT~ takes a lot of balancing, ~IT~ takes a lot of consideration—I don’t think he’s capable of that,””

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiro_Agnew

    ” Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland on suspicion of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax fraud. Agnew had accepted kickbacks from contractors during his time as Baltimore County executive and Governor of Maryland. The payments had continued into his time as vice president. On October 10, 1973, after months of maintaining his innocence, Agnew pled no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion and resigned from office.”

    • Anonymous August 24, 2018 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      He’ll never resign. He’ll fight it to impeachment or death. And hell run for re-election. He’s already campaigning.

      Michael Moore is spot on.

  8. Anonymous August 24, 2018 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    “Avenattied,” a PC form, works for me, Gryph!

  9. DR August 24, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    https://www.newsandguts.com/wapo-illegal-acts-may-helped-trump-win/

    “It’s a good wide shot that looks at three illegal acts that may have helped Donald Trump win the presidency. It begins with the hush money.

    “Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, admitted under oath to having been instructed by Trump to work with David Pecker, chairman and chief executive of American Media Inc., to arrange a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. He also admitted to having been instructed by Trump to pay off adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Both payments involved felony violations of campaign finance law.”
    “The hackers. Last month, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III obtained an indictment against 12 Russians believed to work for the country’s Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU. It is this team that is believed to have accessed the Democratic National Committee’s network and to have hacked into the email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. In June 2016, some of those files were passed to WikiLeaks, which released two sets of stolen documents, in July and October.”
    “The trolls. In February, Mueller’s team obtained indictments against 13 Russians who worked for an organization called the Internet Research Agency. It was this team that allegedly created social media accounts meant to roil the discourse around the election. Several members of the organization visited the United States before the election. They also allegedly paid Americans to unwittingly make signs or impersonate Clinton at campaign events.”
    And there are so many other things we just don’t know. Such as the real purpose of the now infamous Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr. and several Russians.” “He knows Trump’s business, inside and out.”

  10. anonymous August 25, 2018 at 7:07 am - Reply

    “In 1984, David Bogatin, a Russian national with ties to the mob, paid Trump $6 million in cash for five condos — the equivalent of about $15 million by modern standards.

    “According to the state attorney general of New York,” Unger noted, “that was money laundering.”

    After clarifying to Matthews how and why the capital began flowing from the former USSR to the United States, the writer pointed out that “the best way to launder money is real estate.”

    “There are almost no regulations in real estate,“ in terms of [how] you can buy it anonymously, through shell companies, pay all-cash transactions — bam, when you sell it, it’s laundered.”

    The writer noted that although he doesn’t have records for the alleged cash transactions between Trump and the Russian mob, those documents may soon come to light.”

    “Obviously I don’t have subpoena power, but I think you’re going to find that those records are going to be opened by the prosecutors now.””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/owned-russian-mob-trump-biographer-explains-presidents-first-fixer-roy-cohn-set-mafia/

  11. Anon August 25, 2018 at 7:17 am - Reply

    https://www.salon.com/2018/08/25/all-the-presidents-friends/

    “Trump “friend” Thomas Barrack, a Lebanese-American investor who became a billionaire investing in the Middle East. He is the guy who recommended that Trump hire Paul Manafort to manage his campaign in 2016, calling him a “killer” in a letter to Trump. Barrack was rewarded by being made chairman of Trump’s inauguration committee’
    “Barrack is also the guy who made the introductions that led to another Lebanese-American, George Nader, setting up the infamous meeting in the Seychelles Islands between Erik Prince and a Russian banker close to Vladimir Putin in order to establish a “back channel” between Trump and Putin.” “George Nader, the man Barrack brought into the Trump orbit, is a subject. He has flipped.”
    “The fact of the matter is this: Trump doesn’t have any real friends. He has “friends,” which is to say, people who are loyal to him because they are on his payroll, or they’re using Trump to get power or connections. But real friends? The kind of guys who will stand by you and not “walk away” when the hammer comes down? $O far, that count is ZER0.

    Prosecutors in Washington, D.C., New York and Virginia are doing the same thing prosecutors did during Watergate. They are following the money. And the money is leading them to the innermost circles around Trump, his White House and his company, the Trump Organization. They’ve already found the money that was used in paying off and silencing women who threatened Trump’s campaign for president in 2016 with stories of fast sex and lengthy affairs.

    NOW they’re looking for Trump Organization or Trump Campaign money that found its way into the hands of Russians who hacked Democratic party emails to help Trump’s campaign for the presidency or Russian money that found its way into the hands of the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign to help get Trump elected”

    • anon August 25, 2018 at 7:49 am - Reply

      ‘When someone is silent, it does not mean they are not not communicating with someone.’
      Trump Tower Alfa Bank ping ping ping..NOW>The Sound of Silence?

  12. Anon August 25, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

    ot?
    “Trump’s diatribes against the Justice Department, including his tweet this morning, are gold mines for President Putin because it looks like the president is trying to interfere with the bedrock of U.S. democracy, which is the independence of the legal system,”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/ex-nsc-official-reveals-putin-gets-inside-help-dividing-america-every-time-trump-tweets-jeff-sessions/

  13. anonymous August 25, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

    ““Avenattied,”> “We’re going to fight vehemently to insist that the depositions are public immediately. Not just the transcript, but we’re going to ask for videotaped depositions of both individuals.”

    “This is a matter of public service,” “The American public knows exactly or should know exactly what happened here. They deserve to know the truth. They deserve to know what evidence there is. They deserve to know what the president did in connection with this — and they deserve to know it all.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/avenatti-cohen-plea-deal-means-can-film-trumps-deposition-make-public/

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