Jennifer Weisselberg Would Testify Against CFO

  • The Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg are expected to face criminal charges Thursday.
  • Jennifer Weisselberg, the CFO's former daughter-in-law, is prepared to testify at trial.
  • Her lawyer told Insider she's provided plenty of evidence to prosecutors as a cooperating witness.
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The former daughter-in-law of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is prepared to testify against him at trial following criminal charges expected to be filed Thursday, her lawyer said.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization itself are expected to be charged this week as part of the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation into the company's finances. The Wall Street Journal first reported the defendants will face tax-related charges Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Jennifer Weisselberg, who divorced Allen Weisselberg's son, Barry, in 2018, is a cooperating witness in the DA investigation as well as a parallel one from the New York State Attorney General's Office. She has sat for interviews with prosecutors and provided copious documentation related to the Trump Organization that she obtained through her divorce.

Duncan Levin, Jennifer Weisselberg's attorney, told Insider she would help prosecutors in any way they need.

“We will continue to cooperate in every way with their investigation, including testifying at trial if it's requested,” Levin said. “Jenn Weisselberg's cooperation is ongoing and she stands ready to answer any additional questions investigators may have.”

Prosecutors are examining several issues as part of their investigation, including whether Trump Organization executives received perks like apartments and cars without paying taxes on them; whether the company misrepresented property values in order to pay little in taxes and receive favorable loan and insurance rates; and whether it broke laws by facilitating a hush-money payment in 2016 to Stormy Daniels. Prosecutors empaneled a special grand jury to weigh which charges to bring.

Levin, who previously served as the head of the asset forfeiture unit under Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., said Jennifer Weisselberg provided evidence for potential criminal tax charges.

“We are very gratified to hear the reporting that the DA's office is considering bringing criminal charges,” he said. “We had been working with them and other investigators since late last year and have provided investigators with a mountain of evidence about not only fringe benefits, but also other potential tax issues.”

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump and Matthew Calamari, another Trump Organization executive under investigation, said they don't expect charges against their clients to come this week.

But Trump may still be at risk, legal experts say. Prosecutors have sought to pressure Allen Weisselberg into cooperating in the investigation, and he may still do so after being charged. His cooperation would give prosecutors a greater window into the Trump Organization's financial arrangements, as well as Trump's personal role in them.

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