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Trump’s Deepening Peril Put Squeeze on CFO to Take Deal, Testify

  • Weisselberg worried about a fair trial, person familiar says
  • ‘Glad to have this behind him’, Weisselberg’s attorney says
Allen Weisselberg exits criminal court in New York, on Aug. 18.

Allen Weisselberg exits criminal court in New York, on Aug. 18.

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

First came the Mar-a-Lago search. Then, Donald Trump’s taking the fifth. Finally, a crucial loss in court.

The string of legal setbacks in the span of just one week for the former president and his Trump Organization mounted pressure on Allen Weisselberg, the company’s CFO, to plead guilty to tax fraud. Against that backdrop, Weisselberg increasingly worried he wouldn’t get a fair trial from a Manhattan jury, according to a person familiar with his thinking.