Former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen testified under oath yesterday that he believes President Donald Trump committed insurance fraud and tax fraud. And after that bombshell he went one step further and actually gave up the names of the Trump Organization executives who were involved in and would have information about such illegal schemes.
“By coughing up the names of Trump Organization executives, Michael Cohen gave House investigators and federal prosecutors yet another a trail to chase.”
By coughing up the names of Trump Organization executives, Michael Cohen gave House investigators and federal prosecutors yet another a trail to chase. https://t.co/T7N7p5qF3L
— Axios (@axios) February 28, 2019
Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports that Cohen’s revelations have now given Democrats in Congress all the justification they need to begin some serious investigations into the president’s secretive private business, theTrump Organization, for the first time.
(The Trump Organization is currently involved in other lawsuits and investigations, however. They are a named party in lawsuits under the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, they are being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York.)
Swan especially believes that top Trump Organization executives Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman, and Matthew Calamari will soon find themselves in legal jeopardy that they were not expecting.
“Unless you’re a student of The Trump Organization — the thinly-staffed Trump family business — you may never have heard of Weisselberg, Lieberman or Calamari.”
“But over the next year, these men and their colleagues may become household names as they endure a far-reaching, multi-armed investigation into Trump’s family business and personal finances.”
Swan then quotes Trump biographer Tim O’Brien about what these executives can expect in the coming months.
“This organization has never had a proctology exam like it’s about to get,” he said. “It’s going to surface records that’s going to become problematic for all of them to keep their stories straight.”
Last summer Weisselberg, the company chief financial officer, “flipped” and began working with prosecutors in exchange for immunity from prosecution. It’s not clear if his immunity deal with cover the alleged crimes mentioned by Cohen during his testimony yesterday, however.
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