The media and the public have largely shifted their attention away from Allen Weisselberg for now, both because there hasn’t been any news this week about the criminal case against him, and because the headlines have now shifted to the arrest of fellow Trump associate Tom Barrack.
But as we so often like to point out, the way things are playing out in the legal system often has nothing to do with how they’re playing out in the media or in the public view. For instance, Allen Weisselberg’s arrest started a ticking clock on his ability to get a lenient plea deal, before New York prosecutors inevitably move on and offer the most lenient plea deal against Trump to someone like Matthew Calamari instead.
Former federal prosecutor Richard Signorelli summed it up this way in a tweet: “I hope that Weisselberg realizes that shortly more Trump accomplices will be charged & the Trump Org will not be a viable company. The train will soon be leaving the station for a favorable cooperation/plea deal. Cultish denial is a bitch but upstate prison time is worse.”
New York prosecutors have not publicly given a timeline for when they plan to draw the line, move beyond trying to flip Allen Weisselberg, and bring indictments against whoever’s being targeted next for a plea deal. But given that prosecutors empaneled this grand jury for six months, and they’ve already given Weisselberg three weeks to stew over his arrest, Signorelli is correct in that Weisselberg is likely just about out of time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report