Interviewed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York, Trump's former attorney and personal fixer pointed to three little-known officials of the Trump Organization, who might be aware of potential crimes.
Cohen replied "yes" when Ocasio-Cortez asked him if he knew that Trump was providing "inflated assets to an insurance company". When asked who knew if Trump had done this, Cohen replied, "Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari."
On Thursday, House Watch Chairman Elijah Cummings told CNN that he and other committees would be inclined to follow up with Cohen's appointed officials.
"All you have to do is follow the transcript – there were names that were mentioned or documents that were mentioned during the hearing," said the Democrat of Maryland. "They have a good chance of hearing from us."
An attorney from the Trump organization declined to comment.
Weisselberg: the man who "knows every transaction"
Cohen has since pled guilty to eight counts of tax evasion, misrepresentation to a bank and violations of campaign financing. In addition, as part of the investigation led by special advocate Robert Mueller in Russia, Cohen also pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress.
But Weisselberg 's limited co – operation and immunity agreement may not save him from further Congressional or prosecutorial investigations on other issues involving the government. Trump organization.
Member of the Trump family, Mr. Weisselberg started as an accountant under the patriarch Fred Trump before becoming quietly financial director and close confidant of Trumps. He is one of only two people appointed as trustees of the Trump organization and the only member who is not part of the family. He was also treasurer of Trump's charity and even helped to prepare Trump's personal tax returns.
Trump publicly praised Weisselberg. "He's been with me for thirty years and is in control of everything, which is not easy work, he's very good at managing things," wrote Trump in his 2004 book, "How to Get Rich".
On Wednesday, in his testimony, Mr. Cohen stated that Weisselberg had played a key role in determining the repayment of the $ 130,000 paid to Cohen as a secret payment to actress Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy. Daniels.
"I obviously wanted money at one time, I would have preferred it that way, but to be able to put it in the books, Allen Weisselberg decided to pay it in the next 12 months for this to happen. looks like a warrant, "said Cohen.
Weisselberg was also aware of Trump's alleged efforts to inflate his assets and income for insurance purposes and to undervalue his assets in order to avoid paying taxes.
"Allen knows every transaction, he knows every dealership, he knows every sale, everything that has been done," said the person.
Weisselberg has been described to CNN as the number two commander of the Trump Organization, someone who oversees every dollar spent by the company.
Although he holds a high position in the Trump Organization and maintains close ties with the Trumps, Weisselberg prefers a low profile – a stark contrast to his boss.
Despite his low profile, Weisselberg is not afraid to take the example of the boss and play hardball.
Calamari: the man who went from security guard to chief of operations
Cohen pointed to two other little-known employees of the Trump organization when he was asked to name other people who would have known that Trump was overvaluing his assets for insurance purposes. One of the men identified by Cohen was the company's chief operating officer, Matthew Calamari.
Trump discovered Calamari at the US Open Tennis Tournament in 1981, after the businessman had liked the way Calamari treated rowdy players during a match. Trump has hired him, without maintenance, to help with security.
Calamari made his debut, essentially, as a security guard. But he rose through the ranks to become safety director and came closer to Trump during a move to bodyguard. Finally, Calamari was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer.
"After meeting Matthew, I realized that he had a lot more to offer than the title of his job does, and he proved that I was right," writes Trump in "How to Get Rich".
Barbara Res, a former leader of the Trump Organization, said that she had telephoned for the first time Calamari – under the leadership of Trump – to propose him the position of security officer.
"He's in a great position given his qualifications and experience," Res told CNN. "When I left, he was the bodyguard.When I heard that he was the COO, I had to pull myself off the ground."
In response to BuzzFeed's report on the incident, a spokesman for the Trump organization said: "The allegations, dating back more than 20 years, are completely inaccurate, ridiculous and totally false".
Calamari had a brief overview of the scene during the NBC live finale of "The Apprentice" in 2004. He stood up to say a few words about the competitors, but after two stuttering and confessing "We are not doing too well, are we," he finally sits down.
Lieberman: the man behind the Bronx golf course
Cohen claimed that a third Trump organization leader, Ron Lieberman, was aware of Trump's alleged efforts to overstate his assets for insurance purposes.
Lieberman is a relatively new employee of the Trump Organization, but has been closely involved with the company for years. Lieberman worked for the Parks and Recreation Department of New York City until 2007, when he was hired by the Trump organization as Executive Vice President in charge of Management. and development.
He works closely with Weisselberg on financial matters, including on insurance matters, according to a person familiar with the company's business.
Lieberman helped the Trump organization win prestigious contracts with the city, including Central Park Carousel and the Bronx Ferry Point Golf Course.
"And that does not seem to be the only time the president has benefited at the public's expense," Ocasio-Cortez said.
Manu Raju and Cristina Alesci from CNN contributed to this report.[ad_2]