During a deposition, Ivanka Trump
appeared perplexed about the role of a long-time top Trump Organization executive who is the subject of a criminal investigation
by the New York Attorney General
, the company's chief financial officer, has worked for Donald Trump
and his late father for decades, while Ivanka Trump has been an executive vice president at the same company since 2005.
“Who is Allen Weisselberg?” Ivanka Trump was asked during a deposition with investigators from the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office in December as part of its lawsuit
alleging misuse of inaugural funds.
“He is the — I would have to see what his — I don’t know what his exact title is, but he’s an executive at the company,” she responded, according to a transcript released earlier this year.
Q: “Who is Allen Weisselberg?” A: “I don't know what his exact title is.” CORRECT ANSWER: Allen Weisselberg has been the Trump Organization
's CFO and the Trump Family
's BOOKKEEPER since the 1970s. @MichaelCohen212 pic.twitter.com/gXFM6eAE1P — Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (@SWinstonWolkoff) May 22, 2021
Last year, the D.C. attorney general filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, alleging that they misappropriated more than $1 million raised by the nonprofit by “grossly overpaying” for the use of event space
at the Trump hotel in Washington for the 2017 inauguration.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, an ex-friend of former First Lady Melania Trump, claims that Weisselberg's "hands were all over" the record-breaking $107 million collected and spent by the Inaugural Committee, and Ivanka Trump was unable to "recollect" what role Weisselberg played in that situation during her deposition.
Wolkoff, a former Trump family aide, said she helped organize the inauguration but had little to do with the finances.
Allen Weisselberg's hands were ALL over the Presidential Inauguration Committee's (PIC) $107 Million Dollars. They made ME the cover girl for Trump's grift. Don, Jr.
doesn't seem to know anyone or anything.
Donald Trump's former personal attorney, felon Michael Cohen
, who is currently serving time for various crimes committed while working for his former boss, joked on Twitter that Trump has "trained" his daughter well to act silly. "I don't know. I wasn't there," Cohen mocked her answers.
Donald taught @IvankaTrump well...I don't know, I wasn't there, Allen who?, it was someone else's fault, and they will all answer for their own dirty deeds soon! https://t.co/mr3CPYbIy0
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) May 22, 2021
The investigation into inaugural spending isn't Weisselberg's only problem. 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 announced Tuesday.
A parallel investigation into possible loan, bank, and insurance
fraud by the Trump Organization and its officers is being conducted by Manhattan District Attorney
Cy Vance Jr.
Investigators are reportedly leaning on Weisselberg and his son, Barry, to "flip" on Donald Trump, citing evidence of irregular financial arrangements by the Trump Organization. Barry Weisselberg ran the Wollman Rink for the Trump Organization, and his ex-wife revealed that pricey perks like private school tuition and free use of Trump housing
in Manhattan were part of his compensation.
The Washington Post
reported last month that New York investigators have inquired about the Weisselbergs' "untaxed" benefits, and that officials are working to get Allen Weisselberg and/or his son to cooperate with the investigation into Trump's company.
In a Thursday interview, CNN
's Erin Burnett asked Jennifer Weisselberg, Barry's ex-wife, "Would Allen Weisselberg flip on Trump?"
“Yes,” she said unequivocally.
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