The former daughter-in-law of the Trump Organization
's chief financial officer predicted that he would turn on his boss in the face of a mountain of evidence involving questionable financial arrangements and tax issues.
has been in charge of the Trump Organization's finances for decades, dating back to Donald Trump
's father. New York Attorney General Letitia James
(D) has been conducting a criminal investigation
into Weisselberg's personal taxes for months — and has also launched a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization, her office revealed Tuesday.
Manhattan District Attorney
Cy Vance Jr.
is conducting a parallel investigation into possible loan, bank, and insurance
fraud committed by the Trump Organization and its officers.
Jennifer Weisselberg, who was married to Allen Weisselberg's son Barry for 14 years until 2018, has been cooperating with investigators, telling CNN
's Erin Burnett in a Thursday interview that she turned over boxes of business
and financial records, including tax filings, from both her ex-husband and former father-in-law, as well as "digital" evidence.
Barry Weisselberg was in charge of running Trump's Wollman Rink in New York City
's Central Park, a cash business, according to his ex-wife, who said the company paid her husband in part with free use of Trump's Manhattan apartments. She also said she turned over documents showing that the company paid tuition for one of her children
at Trump's son Barron's former Manhattan private school, which she considered illegal.
The Wall Street Journal
reported earlier this month that investigators discovered more than $500,000 in tuition for Allen Weisselberg's grandchildren paid for with checks signed by him or Trump.
Jennifer Weisselberg stated that she believed investigators were looking into potential "tax issues" with the tuition payments and other perks. "There's nothing legal going on there," she remarked.
According to The Washington Post
, investigators from both James’ and Vance’s offices have inquired about “untaxed” benefits received by Allen Weisselberg and his son, and officials are working to convince Weisselberg and/or his son to cooperate with the investigation into Trump’s company.
Burnett asked the former daughter-in-law Thursday, "Would Allen Weisselberg flip on Trump?"
She replied, "Yes."
Burnett remarked, "Wow, no hesitation at all with your answer there."
“It’s dangerous... to give somebody so self-serving and narcissistic that much power when it’s always, inevitably, to benefit themselves,” Weisselberg said of Trump’s election
She is now cooperating with authorities because she does not want Trump to return to the White House
, she stated.
“The truth matters,” Jennifer Weisselberg said, adding, “it’s terrifying to think that Donald Trump could be president again knowing what I know... there needs to be accountability.”
Above is a video excerpt from the CNN interview.