Allen Weisselberg, former chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, has agreed to a $2.4 million severance package that requires his silence as former President Donald Trump continues his legal battle in New York. The severance package stipulates that Weisselberg will not communicate with, provide information to, or cooperate in any way with any person or entity, including his counsel or other agents, having or claiming to have adverse claims against the company. Legal analyst Lisa Rubin shared screenshots of the severance package, which was signed the day before Weisselberg was sentenced in a separate case relating to tax evasion by the Trump Organization earlier this year.
Michael McAuliffe, a former federal prosecutor and elected state attorney, said that cooperation and non-disclosure provisions in severance agreements drafted by employers are not unusual. In a civil fraud case, New York Attorney General Letitia James has charged Trump with inflating both his personal wealth and the value of his properties, such as his Mar-a-Lago residence. Weisselberg took the stand to testify in Trump’s civil fraud case and said he was aware that the square footage of Trump Tower was inflated on financial statements from 10,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet.
Trump has continued to maintain his innocence and has repeatedly criticized James and Judge Arthur Engoron, who is overseeing the case. He has stated that he is worth much more than his financial statements and that the trial is an Election Interference Witch Hunt, and New York State should intervene and stop this total travesty of justice.