New York prosecutors appear to have found an opening they can exploit to pry open the notoriously insulated Trump Organization and get past its mob-like code of silence—by leveraging a long-running feud between two warring family fiefdoms. It’s the company’s long-time chief financial officer and his son, Allen and Barry Weisselberg, versus the chief operating officer and his son, Matthew Calamari Sr. and Jr. The target of this three-year criminal investigation has always seemed to be former President Donald Trump himself. To nail him, investigators might need to flip Allen Weisselberg, his right-hand finance man. But to get that guy, they’ll need to leverage his deputy, the accountant Jeffrey S. McConney. And it looks like they’ve found an avenue to pressure him: “Matty” Calamari Jr. According to two people familiar with the matter, prosecutors are trying to use the Trump Organization’s young head of corporate security, Matty, to elicit damning information about the company’s controller, McConney. One of those sources said Matty’s only tie to McConney is that the accountant prepared his individual taxes years ago—and prosecutors are exploring whether those taxes accurately reported details about his residency and corporate apartment and vehicle. Hence why “Matty Jr.” was subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury on Sept. 2. McConney was also brought in a second time later that same day, according to this person. It’s gotten so apparent that, in multiple meetings and phone calls since the spring, Donald Trump has reminded business associates and other members of his inner orbit about the need for Trump Organization staff to “stick together” and stay strong, according to two other people familiar with the matter. The twice-impeached former president’s point was simple: his staffers and confidants should not allow New York investigators to manipulate or play employees off one another over the course of the criminal probe into the Trump family empire. Those calls for continued loyalty apply to the elder Weisselberg even as his name keeps getting stripped from Trump corporate documents since he was indicted this summer. (A recent email reviewed by The Daily Beast shows that he now goes by “senior advisor.”) But prosecutors are counting on the ex-president’s calls for solidarity to fall on just enough deaf ears. The enmity between the Weisselbergs and Calamaris dates back decades, and it centers on their unwavering love of Trump. Two longtime associates described a Shakespearean conflict of rival dynasties, with dukes competing for the king’s favor. “They hate each other. It’s a war,” The Daily Beast was told last month by Jennifer Weisselberg, who is undergoing a contentious divorce with Barry Weisselberg and has become a witness for New York prosecutors. If the latest gambit works, McConney could be a useful witness. For more than 30 years, McConney has reported directly to Allen Weisselberg—cutting checks, processing transactions, and implementing deals. Theoretically, the trusted company money man should have some knowledge about any possible financial crimes. Until now, the odds of utilizing McConney seemed slim. He has a history of being a loyal company footsoldier who despises the political left and keeps his mouth shut. As The Daily Beast revealed in July, McConney protected higher-ups by taking the blame and chalking up potentially criminal behavior to mere accounting errors when the New York Attorney General’s Office interviewed him for its previous investigation of the Trump Foundation. And it’s unclear if McConney was helpful at all to the prosecution when he appeared before the grand jury on this investigation in the spring. But any damning information from Matty could change that equation. This has not gone unnoticed. In the upper echelon of Trump’s business and personal circles, it started becoming more common knowledge—as well as a topic of concern and irritation—this summer that prosecutors have been trying to use multiple Trump-linked families against each other, people with knowledge of the situation said. These families have each had multiple respective members employed by Trump, and each family includes fathers who have pledged professional, personal, or even political devotion to The Donald and his kin. The offices of the Manhattan district attorney and the New York state attorney, which are jointly working on this case, declined to comment. Spokespeople for the Trump Organization and the former president did not respond to requests for comment on this story. McConney and his attorney, Patricia Pileggi, did not provide statements for this story. Neither did Allen Weisselberg and his attorneys, Brian C. Skarlatos and Mary E. Mulligan. The Calamaris and their attorney, Nicholas A. Gravante Jr., also declined to comment. As a feature and not a bug, the Trump Organization is rife with nepotism. The general public is already familiar with how Trump placed his daughter and two . . . read the full article here.