Weichselbaum worked for a helicopter company that shuttled clients to and from Trump’s TSG says Weichselbaum had previously been convicted of grand theft auto and embezzlement. A spy says Weichselbaum was the general manager of the Trump-connected helicopter company from 1983 until 1986 and that his brother Frank Weichselbaum was one of the men who owned it.
- In October 1985, Weichselbaum was charged with trafficking cocaine and marijuana through Florida to Ohio, Kentucky, and North Carolina. He was indicted in Ohio and ultimately pleaded guilty to two felonies in the case. Spy and TSG say he cooperated with authorities in the case.
- After Weichselbaum was indicted but before he went to prison, per Spy andTSG, he began renting an apartment in the Trump Plaza building in Manhattan. The Smoking Gun says that Trump owned the individual unit and rented it directly to Weichselbaum as a landlord. while Weichselbaum’s trafficking case was pending the Trump Plaza unit was partly paid for in “barter”—i.e. in-kind services provided by Weichselbaum’s helicopter company.
- During this time, Weichselbaum applied for a change of venue in his cocaine case. The case was transferred from Ohio to Newark, New Jersey, where the new judge in his case was …
- Maryanne Trump Barry, Donald Trump’s sister! She then handed the case off to a different judge, to whom Trump wrote a letter asking for leniency for Weichselbaum before his November 1987 sentencing. (Spy, TSG, and Barrett’s book all report on the letter.)
- Weichselbaum was convicted of two felony charges and ultimately received a three-year sentence. He spent about 18 months in prison beginning in January 1988. After he was released, he moved into a different Trump property—Trump Tower—in an apartment that TSG and Spy say his girlfriend had purchased. A spy says Weichselbaum told his parole board he planned to work for Trump after his release.
- Spy, Barrett, and TSG say Trump continued to pay Weichselbaum’s erstwhile company—which per Spy went bankrupt and reformed itself under a new name twice during the time Trump was paying it—for helicopter services after his indictment. Spy specifically says the payments continued until 1990.
- Trump launched his own New York–Atlantic City helicopter service in 1988.
Weichselbaum is now 74 and living in Los Angeles and does not appear to have had further troubles with the law. (His son, however, at one point spent 46 months in prison and now, runs an X-rated webcam business.)
In summary, multiple outlets have reported that Donald Trump vouched for and rented an apartment to Joseph Weichselbaum—a known felon and soon-to-be-convicted drug trafficker. For some still-unknown reason, Weichselbaum’s drug prosecution passed briefly through Trump’s sister’s courtroom in a state that had no apparent connection to the case. And Trump continued to pay Weichselbaum’s helicopter company after Weichselbaum was convicted and (according to Spy) after Trump had founded his own helicopter business.
A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment about Trump’s relationship with Weichselbaum.“Donald is a master of manipulating the conventions of journalism,” explained the veteran reporter. He proceeded to shatter many of those conventions in a book talk that was frequently punctuated with the declaration “because Donald just makes it up.” Trump “a modern-day P.T. Barnum.
It chronicles the rise of Trump’s fortunes, beginning with the Republican presidential nominee’s grandfather, a German immigrant who, ran a “whorehouse,” and continuing through Trump’s father, is an industrious businessman with some unfortunate views.
Trump’s association with Cohn “taught Donald how to hurt people”as part of a disturbing pattern. “We have never had a major party candidate for president with the kind of relationships Donald Trump has, While some past presidents have had unsavory friends and business associations, “They were not the mob. They were not drug traffickers.”
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He invited his audience to contrast the treatment Trump gave a convicted drug dealer who ran a company that operated Trump’s helicopter fleet with what he did to his infant great-nephew, gravely ill with an ailment that caused seizures.
For his troubled helicopter provider, Joey Weichselbaum, the real estate mogul provided a luxury apartment, continued employment and a testimonial to the court after the Weichselbaum’s indictment for drug trafficking, But Trump was much less accommodating to the grandson of his late older brother after the baby’s parents challenged the will of his father, Fred Trump (which cut them out), in court. Trump removed the ailing child from the family’s medical insurance policy. “I can’t help that, Trump telling a New York Daily News reporter who asked why he cut off the infant’s health care coverage (a court later restored it).
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Vindictiveness is a point of pride for Trump,“His personal motto is ‘get revenge
“She ended up losing her home. Her husband, who was only in it for the money, walked out on her and I was glad… I can’t stomach disloyalty…and now I go out of my way to make her life miserable.”
In another outside-the-box move for a journalist, reach out to some of the evangelical ministers who back Trump, offering to provide evidence of how much the candidate’s personal views deviate from the philosophy that Jesus Christ outlined in his Sermon on the Mount. “I’ve called them. So far none has taken me up on the offer what are you getting out of him?
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