And few things irritate Mr. Trump like the prospect of disloyalty. Close allies have turned against him in the past, including his former lawyer and personal fixer, Michael D. Cohen, whom Trump called a “rat.”
Mr. Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to hidden money payments to two women who said they had romantic relationships with Mr. Trump, is cooperating with the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation. After pleading guilty, Mr Cohen said it was Mr Weisselberg who helped the Trump Organization cover up the reimbursements Mr Cohen received for paying one of the women.
Mr. Weisselberg has not been charged with any wrongdoing by federal prosecutors, and Mr. Trump did not pardon him in his final days in office, although he reportedly considered doing so. (A pardon would not have granted Mr. Weisselberg immunity from charges against the state.)
After Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018, Mr. Trump said he was confident Mr. Weisselberg had not turned on him.
‘One hundred percent he didn’t,’ Mr Trump told reporters for Bloomberg. “He’s a great guy.”
Mr. Weisselberg is, in some ways, poles apart from his longtime boss. Discreet and unassuming, the CFO has avoided attention even as he brought his family into Mr. Trump’s orbit. One of his sons, Barry, was Trump Wollman Rink’s property manager in Central Park. Another, Jack, works at Ladder Capital, one of Mr. Trump’s lenders.
But Mr. Weisselberg has done his part to contribute to Mr. Trump’s aura of wealth and power. In 2005, when The New York Times attempted to determine how much money Mr. Trump had, Mr. Weisselberg provided a list of assets that he said would show Mr. Trump to be worth $ 6 billion.
When the asset list appeared to total just $ 5 billion, Mr. Weisselberg apologized.
“I’m going to go to my office and find this other billion,” he said.