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Meet Allen Weisselberg, the man who knows how Trump spent his money

Editor’s note: The New York attorney general has launched a tax-related criminal investigation into Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of former President Donald J. Trump’s company. With that in mind, we are re-sharing this 2019 article about Weisselberg.

Allen Weisselberg, center, stands behind President Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Allen Weisselberg, center, stands behind President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. Image by Getty Images

During his congressional testimony last week, President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen revealed the names of others who could possibly have dirt on his ex-boss — including Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg.

The House Intelligence Committee will likely call on Weisselberg to testify, The Daily Beast reported, and the House Judiciary Committee has sent document requests to him and 60 other Trump-tied figures. Weisselberg is notoriously private, yet he might know more than any other person about how Trump has made and spent his money.

Here’s what to know about Weisselberg, the most powerful non-family member at The Trump Organization.

He was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York.

Weisselberg grew up in Brownsville and has given two addresses: one on Long Island and one in a Trump property on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He graduated from Pace College in 1970 with a degree in accounting before going to work for Trump’s father, Fred Trump.

He “fits into the wallpaper” at The Trump Organization.

Weisselberg has almost no public profile and is known as a quiet figure within the company. “He fits in with the wallpaper,” a former employee told The Wall Street Journal. “That’s how he’s survived.”

Weisselberg may be the most powerful person at The Trump Organization.

He was promoted to CFO two years ago after Trump was elected into office. He leads the company alongside the president’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. According to The New York Times, his office was on the same floor as Trump’s and the company’s other top executives, while Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump were a floor below.

He was treasurer of the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

The foundation was dissolved in December after an agreement with the state of New York. Attorney General Barbara Underwood had investigated the charity for numerous violations of not-for-profit law, including self-dealing and illegal campaign contributions. The charity had given some support to Jewish causes, including the Anti-Defamation League and the UJA-Federation of New York. Weisselberg said he didn’t know that he was on the board for a decade.

Weisselberg’s sons are also connected to Trump’s businesses.

One of his sons, Jack, works at Ladder Capital, which has been a primary lender to the Trump Organization, according to Esquire. His other son Barry works at the Trump-run Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park.

Weisselberg is loyal to Trump.

Weisselberg was granted immunity in August during federal prosecutors’ investigation into the hush money paid by Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election. But despite these protections, Weisselberg reportedly never betrayed his boss. “Weisselberg is not cooperating, has never been a cooperating witness, and has provided limited details in the course of his testimony,” NBC reported in February.

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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