Trump Organization lawyers put former CFO Allen Weisselberg's plea deal in the spotlight

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Attorneys in the Trump Organization's criminal trial sought Friday to drum up doubts about a plea deal struck by the prosecution's key witness. Former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg was charged along with two Trump Organization entities in July 2021 with more than a dozen counts related to fraud and tax evasion. Weisselberg entered a guilty plea in the case in August. Prosecutors for the Manhattan district attorney agreed to recommend a five-month jail sentence, and repayment of back taxes, in exchange for Weisselberg's testimony against the company at trial. Defense attorney Alan Futerfas asked Weisselberg on Friday, "To get that five month sentence you had to plead guilty to every charge in that indictment?"  "Correct, which I was guilty of," replied Weisselberg. Later, another attorney, Susan Necheles, hit at a 17-page-long list of questions Weisselberg had to answer in court when he entered his guilty plea — a process called allocution. "You're worried as you sit there t