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Joinfortmill

(15,278 posts)
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 11:45 AM Mar 2023

Why the Trump Org Suddenly Fired Its Jailed Money Man's Lawyer

https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-the-trump-org-suddenly-fired-its-jailed-money-man-allen-weisselbergs-lawyer?ref=home

This is a very interesting development. Worth reading the entire article (my words).

'For months, the Trump Organization paid New York City lawyer Nicholas Gravante to represent Weisselberg. But according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke with The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity, Gravante wasn’t “Trumpy” enough to keep onboard.

Five people who spoke to The Daily Beast did confirm that Weisselberg is now being represented by defense lawyer Seth L. Rosenberg, who previously spent time running the rackets bureau at the very same DA’s office that is now investigating the case.

According to two people familiar with the situation and one law enforcement source, prosecutors in recent weeks have discussed applying additional pressure to Weisselberg, who is currently behind bars in the dreaded New York City jail at Rikers Island until at least April.'
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Why the Trump Org Suddenly Fired Its Jailed Money Man's Lawyer (Original Post) Joinfortmill Mar 2023 OP
Imagine that gab13by13 Mar 2023 #1
not sure about the "honest lawyer" part... agingdem Mar 2023 #2
He also represented Hunter Biden in 2006 gab13by13 Mar 2023 #3
not the headline..the article agingdem Mar 2023 #4
And Trump will find some way to not pay him ... nt Jarqui Mar 2023 #5
Exactly...I suspect once the real threat of agingdem Mar 2023 #7
I think Rudy is available if Weisselberg is looking for a lawyer. Oh, wait...I think his law LoisB Mar 2023 #6
Paragraph 2 above suggests that Trumpworld wasn't happy with the attorneys BUT pnwmom Mar 2023 #8
paywall ZonkerHarris Mar 2023 #9
Grumpy Test NowISeetheLight Mar 2023 #10
Weisselberg may believe that there's more to worry about than more jail time. I bet wiggs Mar 2023 #11

gab13by13

(22,912 posts)
1. Imagine that
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 11:52 AM
Mar 2023

Gravante represented his client instead of Trump. Trump can't have an honest lawyer working for him.

agingdem

(8,151 posts)
2. not sure about the "honest lawyer" part...
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 12:16 PM
Mar 2023

Gravante took the job knowing who paid his retainer...he may have advocated for his client but Weisselberg did not flip on Trump...but now that there is the specter of additional charges and more prison time with the real possibility Weisselberg at 75 could die behind bars, Gravante is out...why?...I suspect because the checks stopped coming..and I suspect Weisseberg in prison benefits Trump...according to The Daily Beast it was Weisselberg's decision to hire a new lawyer but if doesn't flip, doesn't "unbury the bodies"...what's the point...

gab13by13

(22,912 posts)
3. He also represented Hunter Biden in 2006
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 12:27 PM
Mar 2023

in a hedge fund dispute.

Why does the headline say that Trump.org fired Gravante?

agingdem

(8,151 posts)
4. not the headline..the article
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 12:51 PM
Mar 2023

and yes, he may have represented Hunter Biden, but Trump is not an unknown...he lies, cheats, steals, manipulates.. but Gravante still took the job knowing who signs his checks..

agingdem

(8,151 posts)
7. Exactly...I suspect once the real threat of
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 01:30 PM
Mar 2023

added charges and more prison time became a real possibility, the Trump Organization deemed Gravante's history of working with Bragg's office on behalf of his client a liability and the payments stopped...Weisseberg is as vile and corrupt as Trump but maybe the real possibility of dying behind bars to protect Trump, a guy who doesn't give two shits about him, is enough to give him pause and save himself

LoisB

(7,485 posts)
6. I think Rudy is available if Weisselberg is looking for a lawyer. Oh, wait...I think his law
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 01:29 PM
Mar 2023

license was suspended in New York.

pnwmom

(109,230 posts)
8. Paragraph 2 above suggests that Trumpworld wasn't happy with the attorneys BUT
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 01:54 PM
Mar 2023

this is disputed later in the article.

It may be that Weisselberg, not Trump, wasn't happy with the attorneys who'd been hired by Trump.

Susan Necheles, a defense attorney who represented the Trump Organization at that trial, countered that version of events as “completely wrong.”

“Nick made sure that Weisselberg cooperated with both the defense and the prosecution and Weisselberg’s testimony at trial was extremely helpful to the defense and hurt the prosecution,” Necheles said. “Mr. Weisselberg’s decision to change lawyers was entirely his own, a decision which I understand Mr. Weisselberg made in consultation with his family after the conclusion of the trial.”

wiggs

(7,900 posts)
11. Weisselberg may believe that there's more to worry about than more jail time. I bet
Thu Mar 30, 2023, 03:46 PM
Mar 2023

he knows a lot more about Stormy, about fraud, maybe even about money laundering that we all have heard a bit about. He doesn't want 'to go against the family' as Brando put it...we're talking about global oligarchs and corrupt governments potentially getting exposed...either by Weisselberg or by Trump if Trump starts to go down.

IIRC his son was also under investigation but Weisselberg still didn't fully cooperate...agreed to just limited testimony I believe.

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