Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Treasurer Of Trump Charity Says He Didn’t Know He Was Involved For Decade

One of the top executives in The Trump Organization was on the board of Donald Trump’s charitable foundation for years, but said he only found out about that when the New York state attorney general announced a lawsuit aimed at shutting down the group.

New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the Foundation of operating under a “pattern of persistent illegal conduct, occurring over more than a decade.”

Part of the investigation included a deposition of Allen Weisselberg, who took the reins of The Trump Organization when Donald Trump assumed the presidency. A state investigator asked Weisselberg, who was listed as treasurer of the foundation, whether the foundation had a policy for determining which specific payments it was allowed to make, The Washington Post reported.

Weisselberg said there was no policy. The interviewer then asked whether Weisselberg had understood that he was actually on the board of the Trump Foundation, and had been for more than a decade.

He replied: “I did not.”

Weisselberg is known as a quiet figure within The Trump Organization. “He fits in with the wallpaper,” a former employee told the Wall Street Journal. “That’s how he’s survived.”

Weisselberg, originally the chief financial officer, became the most powerful person at the The Trump Organization last year, alongside Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher




Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, and credit to Foward. Have questions? Please email us at

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.