Trump Org paid for CFO's grandchildren prep-school with Trump-signed checks: report
Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg/Screenshot

More strange things are becoming known about the Trump Organizations' finances as the ex-daughter-in-law of CFO Allen Weisselberg continues to cooperate with prosecutors.

According to the Wall Street Journal, prosecutors have issued a new subpoena related to the Trump Organization's chief financial officer.

"The subpoena seeks information from Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, where grandchildren of Weisselberg are students," the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. "From 2012 to 2019, more than $500,000 of the children's tuition was paid for with checks signed by either Mr. Weisselberg or Mr. Trump, the two children's mother, Jennifer Weisselberg, told The Wall Street Journal. She is the former wife of Mr. Weisselberg's son, Barry."

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and his investigators were told that Barry clearly understood that tuition was part of the compensation package from the Trump Organization. He was the man who ran the skating rink in New York City. Prosecutors began looking into the curious salary of Barry Weisselberg in April. He was paid more than $200,000 in salary for running the rink with $40,000 in annual bonuses. The $500,000 in tuition costs is being added to that salary.

"Columbia Prep is a private school of roughly 1,300 prekindergarten through high-school students on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Tuition this academic year ran more than $50,000," the report explained.

Former prosecutors explained to the Wall Street Journal that it's possible the DA office is looking into whether members of the Weisselberg family were evading taxes.

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen revealed in an interview that Weisselberg has the receipts on and while he's loyal to the former president, he's far more loyal to his family.

"He's not going to let his boys go to prison," Cohen told The New Yorker in March, "and I don't think he wants to spend his golden years in a correctional institution, either."

The president's niece Mary Trump also agreed, "Allen Weisselberg knows where all the bodies are buried."

So if it appears that Barry Weisselberg might be in legal trouble, he or his father may be willing to make a deal with Vance to avoid prosecution.

Read the full report at The Wall Street Journal.

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On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that new audio showed Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) tried to bring his Glock onto an airplane in February — an event that his campaign chalks up to an accident.

"The incident was first revealed in audio obtained by, a group trying to drive the far-right Cawthorn from the halls of Congress," reported Justin Rohrlich. "But according to the 25-year-old legislator's spokesman, the entire dustup was just a simple mistake. 'Five months ago, while boarding a flight, Rep. Cawthorn erroneously stowed a firearm in his carry-on (that often doubles as a range bag) instead of his checked bag,' Cawthorn spokesman Micah Bock said in a statement.

Bock added that the Glock was "secured and unchambered," and stressed that "Rep. Cawthorn endeavors to always follow TSA guidelines, and quickly rectified this situation before boarding his flight."

Cawthorn, one of the youngest people ever elected to Congress and known for a history of incendiary racial remarks, has invited controversy repeatedly since taking office, including with a claim that President Joe Biden could use door-to-door vaccination drives to "take your Bibles."


Former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election are "worse" than Watergate, according a longtime political journalist.

MSNBC's Ari Melber on Friday described the notes as "absolutely bombshell revelations" about Trump's attempts "to make the Justice Department not only back the 'Big Lie,' but overthrow the election and the government — all of this enabled by Republican lawmakers."

For analysis, Melber interviewed David Corn, the DC bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine.

"We've said the is a lot in the last 30, 40 years, Ari, but this literally is worse than Watergate," Corn explained. "In that instance, Richard Nixon was trying to cover up the investigation that would go into what his campaign did, a break in. And he asked the CIA to tell the FBI it was national security and they should not investigate, the FBI should call off the investigation. That's what he tried to do."

Corn then explained why Trump's scandals went to a whole different level.

"This is about overturning and subverting an election," he said. "It is quite clear what he's trying to get them to do, when they don't have the power to do it. these notes are not audio or video, they're bigger in a smoking gun tape in Watergate that ended Nixon's presidency."


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Nearly half of all Republicans in the U.S. believe that "a time will come when patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands."

The revelation, which emerged as a part of a June poll by George Washington University, comes just six months after the January 6 riot, in which thousands of self-described "patriots" stormed the Capitol building to forcibly stop President Biden from being confirmed by the Electoral College.

While 47% of Republicans agree with the prediction – that a group of patriotic citizens will usurp government authorities and run the country themselves – just 9% of Democrats could say the same.

The poll, which surveyed 1,753 registered U.S. voters from June 4 to June 23, found a wide set of disparities between Republicans and Democrats on a number of principles.

For example, 82% of Republicans agreed that it's "hard to trust the results of elections when so many people will vote for anyone who offers a handout," but only 15% of Democrats felt the same way. When it comes to future elections, 76% of Democrats expressed confidence in the security of the 2022 elections, while just 28% of Republicans were on the same page.

There were also significant differences between political parties on certain hot-button issues.

For instance, the poll found that less than 30% of Republicans feel that "dealing with global climate change" is somewhat or very important. With Democrats, this number is just north of 90%.

"Changing the nation's gun laws," meanwhile, saw support from about 20% of Republicans, but more than 80% of Democrats felt it was a priority.

Finally, about 40% of Republicans somewhat or strongly supported the need for "addressing race relations in this country, while 90% of Democrats felt the same.

It should be noted that there was a high level of agreement on certain issues as well.

For example, about the same number of Democrats and Republicans (85%) supported reducing the influence of lobbyists in Congress. Both parties were also aligned on making Medicare and Social Security more "financially sound," with about 90% of voters in both groups on board.

Other issues which saw a bipartisan consensus included combating drug addiction, tackling rising healthcare costs, improving employment, improving the election system, and revamping the nation's infrastructure.

In recent years, there has been a strong sense amongst scholars and pundits that the U.S. is more politically polarized than it has ever been – a perception that runs counter to the poll's findings on a number of issues. Some scholars have argued that the recent rise of the "culture war" – which Republicans have repeatedly used to cast a political valence on things that are otherwise benign – has contributed to a growing sense that the U.S. is more divided than ever.

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