Nearly three months after leaving the White House, things could be going both worse and better for Donald Trump. On the one hand, he was acquitted by the Senate for inciting the violent mob that attacked the Capitol, allowing him to theoretically run for president again in 2024, as he has threatened to do. On the other hand, he’s drowning in lawsuits and potentially going to prison. So, on the whole, probably not how he pictured his postpresidential life panning out, a fantasy that we assume involved Joe Biden being impeached and removed from office on day one and him being installed as Emperor for Life.
Obviously, the most pressing legal issues facing Trump—who is a defendant in at least 30 lawsuits and counting—are the criminal investigations, of which there are at least three. Specifically, though, he’s likely most concerned about the one being conducted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. And with good reason: In February, the Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s longtime accountants could turn over his tax returns to Vance’s office—which they did that day—a decision the ex-president reacted to like a guy who knows he’s committed all manner of tax fraud and is about to get caught. Then there’s the fact that Vance brought on attorney Mark Pomerantz, a prosecutor known for putting mafia boss John Gotti behind bars. At present, Pomerantz is said to be working on flipping longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who has described himself as Trump’s “eyes and ears” at the company. And on that front, things appear to be ramping up, according to The Washington Post:
Investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, acting on a grand jury subpoena, took possession of financial records Thursday morning from the apartment of Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of a top Trump Organization officer. Jennifer Weisselberg was married to Barry Weisselberg—the son of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg—from 2004 to 2018. She has previously said that she had seven boxes of financial records from both her ex-husband and his father, some of which were obtained through divorce litigation. On Thursday, she loaded three boxes and a laptop computer onto a valet cart and wheeled them from her building to a black Jeep with dark-tinted windows that was waiting outside.
The subpoena, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, ordered Jennifer Weisselberg to produce all of the records she possesses for her ex-husband’s bank accounts and credit cards plus his statements of net worth and tax filings. Barry Weisselberg is a Trump Organization employee and manages an ice rink for the company in Manhattan’s Central Park. The subpoena asks specifically for records related to the Trump Organization and Wollman Rink. “My knowledge of the documents and my voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization,” she said in an interview Thursday…. She has said previously that the documents that were in her possession showed transactions in bank accounts controlled by Barry and Allen Weisselberg jointly.