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Explosive report reveals Trump team rewards key trial witnesses

Donald Trump’s campaign and the Trump Organization paid nine witnesses to testify in criminal cases against Trump, one explosive new report from ProPublica reveals. Witnesses who testified to defend Trump in his numerous criminal cases received massive raises, new jobs, generous severance packages and more, all conveniently coinciding with their call to testify or after providing favorable testimony to Trump – and the Trump team’s apology couldn’t. I will not be weaker.

Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said ProPublica’s witness tampering is often difficult to prove because the gimmick is often not done explicitly. But the trend could help prosecutors in their efforts to question the credibility of witnesses testifying in Trump’s defense in his countless legal battles.

In response to questions from ProPublica, the Trump team claimed that the nine witnesses who had all seen big raises and flashy new jobs had simply taken on more work. The campaign also insisted that Trump, who notoriously insists on controlling every facet of his organizations, has no say in who gets promoted or their pay. “The president is not involved in the decision-making process,” a Trump campaign official told ProPublica. “I would say Trump doesn’t know how much we get paid.”

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, dubiously claimed in a statement to ProPublica that “the 2024 Trump campaign is the most well-run and professional operation in political history.” Cheung continued: “Any false claim that we engage in any type of behavior that could be considered tampering is absurd and completely false.” ProPublica also reports that the outlet received a formal notice from David Warrington, Trump’s lawyer, against publishing their findings, promising that “President Trump will evaluate all legal remedies.” According to ProPublica’s findings, these legal challenges appear to have a pattern of making large payouts to people called to testify on Trump’s behalf.

According to records reviewed by ProPublica, monthly payments from the Trump campaign to Trump’s lawyer Boris EpshteynTrump’s business, which appears to be little more than a one-man show, more than doubled after Trump’s indictment, from $26,000 a month to $53,500 a month. The Trump campaign told ProPublica that the increase was due to Epshteyn’s increased workload, even as Epshteyn continued to accept contracts for other campaigns and land a job as chief executive at a financial securities company elsewhere.

Susie Wiles, senior advisor to the Trump 2024 campaign who would have been a witness Trump, showing off classified documents, also saw his salary increase significantly after being called before a grand jury and before his indictment in the case. His salary increased from $25,000 a month to $30,000 a month and his consulting firm received a whopping $75,000, according to ProPublica. The Trump team claims that the payments to the consulting firm were simply arrears and that its increase was because it had “redone its contract.” His daughter Caroline was hired by the Trump campaign a few months later, receiving a salary of $222,000 and becoming the fourth highest-paid campaign staffer. Caroline told ProPublica that she got the job “because I deserved it,” telling ProPublica, “I don’t think it had anything to do with Susie,” referring to her mother. Meanwhile, her mother said that she directly hired her daughter Nepobaby and that Trump had no influence on that decision.

Dan Scavino, Trump’s political adviser and former chief of staff, has secured a seat on the board of Truth Social, Trump’s social media company. His appointment occurred between his subpoena and his testimony before Congress regarding Trump’s role during the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Scavino also received a $600,000 retention bonus and “a $4 million ‘executive promissory note’ paid in stock” at one point, according to ProPublica. Fortunately, Scavino’s testimony surrounding the Capitol riot did not produce any “significant new information,” according to ProPublica.

Allen Weisselberg, retired chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, who was recently convicted of lying for Trump, received a $2 million severance package four months after New York Attorney General Letiticia James continued Trump for real estate fraud. The agreement included a clause prohibiting Weisselberg from cooperating with investigators unless forced to do so. According to court recordsprosecutors in Trump’s secret trial cited the agreement to explain why they would not call him to testify, noting: “The agreement appears to prevent us from speaking to him or to us at the risk of losing $750,000 in compensation unpaid departure. .”

Witness compensation is nothing new for the Trump team, whose campaign staff have already been convicted of tampering with federal witnesses: Roger Stone, Trump’s 2016 campaign adviser, directed a witness lie to a Senate committee. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, was convicted of collusion with Russia after having already been sentenced for Handling of cookies. Asset forgiven bothas well as Jared Kushner’s father, in his final days in office.

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