Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say 'Can't Trust A Guy Named Weisselberg' After CFO Pled Guilty To Tax Fraud, Implicated Trump Organization

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say 'Can't Trust A Guy Named Weisselberg' After CFO Pled Guilty To Tax Fraud, Implicated Trump Organization He's A Comic

Did former President Donald Trump say in a Truth Social post "Can't trust a guy named Weisselberg - know what I mean?" after Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pled guilty to tax fraud? No, that's not true: The quote was a joke, according to professional comedian and former U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who tweeted it after news reports that Weisselberg implicated the Trump Organization as part of his plea deal in a New York criminal investigation.

The claim originated in a tweet (archived here) posted by Franken on August 18, 2022. It read:

After Allen Weisselberg pled guilty today to 15 counts of tax fraud & implicated the Trump organization Trump posted on Truth Social - 'Can't trust a guy named Weisselberg -know what I mean?'

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Aug 19 16:12:00 2022 UTC)

A day after posting his tweet, Franken -- who first gained fame as a writer and performer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" comedy show -- made it clear to those who thought it was real that it was not, writing:

Hi guys! It was a joke.

Contrary to the joke, Trump's company released a statement of support for Weisselberg, calling their former CFO "a fine and honorable man who, for the past four years, has been harassed, persecuted, and threatened by law enforcement, particularly the Manhattan district attorney, in their never-ending, politically motivated quest to get President Trump."

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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