This week Michael Cohen publicly provided evidence and testimony regarding illegal hush money payments to two of Donald Trump’s mistresses. Of course these are just the two payoffs that have publicly surfaced of their own accord, and we all know there are almost certainly more. Now it turns out someone who has been on the inside agrees, and it’s all about to come out.
Assuming Michael Cohen is telling the whole truth, he was only involved in two of Donald Trump’s hush money payoffs. But Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who has already sold out Team Trump in exchange for partial immunity, and who is being subpoenaed to testify before Congress, has signed off on every hush money payment that Donald Trump has ever made. One of his former colleagues expects that Weisselberg’s testimony will expose at least five additional illegal Trump payoffs.
Barbara Res the former executive VP of the Trump Organization, appeared on the Ari Melber show on MSNBC today and stated her expectation that Allen Weisselberg knows about “lots” of additional payoffs. When pressed for specifics, she predicted that the number was more than five, but not necessarily more than ten. So why is this a big deal?
Donald Trump and his surrogates are already trying to spin the payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal as if they were isolated incidents that were only technically in violation of the law, and that they don’t necessarily paint Trump as some kind of career criminal. But if several more illegal payoffs are about to surface, that’s a whole other story. In addition, we may be about to learn all the secrets that Trump was trying to keep secret by paying all these other people off.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report