Like any good Hitchcock thriller, or John Sandford novel, the twists just keep on coming. And this one just might be the most interesting, and consequential plot twist of the whole Donald Trump saga.
I wrote on Friday that in the middle of dealing with the bustle of the Trump indictments, and the coordination for Trump’s expected surrender and arraignment on Tuesday, Alvin Bragg still had time for a visit with his old Moriarty, convicted Trump former CFO Allan Weisselberg. MSNBC even played a clip of Weisselberg being escorted into the Manhattan DA’s office. Once.
I wrote at the time that when you put everything in a logical order, there could be only one reason for Allan Weisselberg to be in Bragg’s office. Either he had flipped, or he was dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on flipping. After all, Weisselberg is about to be released from Rikers Island, and Bragg has been threatening to indict him under new, stiffer charges.
That’s fine as far as it goes. But now let’s all pull the stems on our watches, turn them the wrong way, and go back five days. On Monday former National Enquirer CEO David Pecker appeared before the grand jury for the 2nd time. He was thought of as a rebuttal witness to Trump’s shill Robert Costello the previous week. Pecker was the last witness before Bragg released the grand jury for the week. *snort*
But apparently that wasn’t true. An hour or so ago MSNBC reported on a special on Trump’s indictment that like Alvin Bragg, on Monday the grand jury had a mystery guest too. The Reverend Al Sharpton broke it, and it was confirmed by two others at the panel that one last witness was brought in through a restricted basement garage, taken up on a restricted elevator, and directly to the grand jury room through a restricted back hallway. The witness spoke to the grand jury for about 45 minutes, and then was taken back out the same way.
Whoa! Look, we all know that Traitor Tot didn’t show up to testify to the grand jury, he sent his flying monkey up to do that. But if it wasn’t Trump, what other potential witness would qualify for that kind of security and secrecy?
Ummm. Maybe Allan Weisselberg? After all, Pecker was alleged to have been called back in order to shore up Michael Cohen’s testimony after Bobby Costello’s blather. What if they called Weisselberg in to conform that Cohen’s retelling of the mechanics of the Stormy Daniels payoff was accurate?
Look, Weisselberg is winding down his five month sentence on Rikers Island. But he isn’t as free as a bird. A part of his sentence is five years probation, and the other critical term is continued cooperation with the Manhattan DA’s office. And if Bragg catches Weisselberg playing fast and loose with his plea agreement, then he goes right back in the diaper pail, along with all of the other Rakes.
Let me ask you one simple question, why not Weisselberg? After all, what other potential witness could command that level of security and secrecy? Not Stormy Daniels, or Keith Davidson. Hell, even Michael Cohen walked in the front door. And how about this. I spend 10-12 hours a day with MSNBC on the screen. And while Al Sharpton broke the news of the mystery guest, and two other reporters at the table confirmed it, I never saw or heard a word about a mystery guest all week. And when MSNBC broke the news of Friday about Weisselberg going into the Manhattan DA’s office, they only reported that once. I was just lucky enough to catch it. Did they get a call from the Manhattan DA’s office asking them to sit on that, to protect an ongoing investigation? And if so, then what ongoing investigation? Trump is indicted already.
I’ll leave you with this. Let’s just go with the logical hypothesis, shall we? Let’s just say that Weisselberg went into the grand jury and confirmed Cohen’s story of how the payoff went down. If he did, then he didn’t just shore up Cohen, he put Traitor Tot in the crosshairs as the prime mover and shaker of the Stormy Daniels. In criminal law they have a phrase for that. He just rolled over on Trump. I’ll repeat what I said, what I’m watching for in the next 4-6 weeks, as the dust settles, is a quiet announcement that Bragg has empaneled a new grand jury to look into criminal charges against Trump. Any guesses as to who the star witness would be? Don’t touch that dial.