If Donald Trump’s barely-there CPAC speech and weak CPAC straw poll numbers served as a reminder that he’s finished in political life, then the news coming out of New York tonight serves as a reminder that he’s just getting started in the criminal justice world.
The Manhattan District Attorney has had a widely documented grand jury in the process of criminally indicting Donald Trump for more than a year now, and by all accounts, that process has accelerated since Trump left office. Trump’s tax returns have been acquired. A special outside prosecutor has been hired to lead the way. And last week the news surfaced that the DA is focusing not just on Donald Trump, but also on Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg.
Now the New York Times is reporting tonight that Manhattan prosecutors are looking to nail Weisselberg on something so they can flip him against Donald Trump and the Trump family. This wouldn’t be the first time that Weisselberg has cut a deal.
After the news broke, Michael Cohen posted a tweet reminding everyone of the last time Allen Weisselberg flipped: “Remember that Allen Weisselberg received (federal) immunity from the SDNY to provide information and testify against me for the Stormy Daniels payment.”
That SDNY case labeled Donald Trump as “Individual 1” but never did reach his doorstep, presumably because the SDNY is overseen by the DOJ, and Trump had control of the DOJ at the time. But now the Manhattan District Attorney is building a much broader criminal case against Trump. There’s more than enough paper trial evidence to put Trump in prison. If Weisselberg flips and testifies against him, it’ll be icing on the cake.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report