On Friday, news broke that federal prosecutors in New York granted immunity for Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Allen Weisselberg in a case they are working on involving Michael Cohen. Cohen worked for years as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer.
Earlier in the week, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight separate charges. According to Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis, the plea deal implicated Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator.
In response to both revelations, Tony Schwartz took to Twitter Friday to predict the end is near. He posted:
“The other shoe has dropped — the smoking gun equivalent to Nixon’s tapes. Alan[sic] Weisselberg knows everything. Trump will resign as I always assumed. Only matter of time now.”
Later that same day, Schwartz also offered a solemn and ominous warning regarding the President’s possible reaction.
“Trump will be at his most dangerous and unstable in the weeks and months ahead. Drowning, he will want to take as many of us down with him as he can. He should never have had access to the nuclear codes but especially not now.”
But who is Tony Schwartz and what does he know about Trump?
According to a speech Schwartz gave in 2016, Tony Schwartz made a decision in the mid 1980s to “write a book with a brash, young, moderately successful real estate developer who was mostly unknown outside the United States.”
The unknown developer was Donald Trump. The book became the bestselling Art of the Deal which propelled Trump’s public profile to new heights. Trump often refers to the book as “his proudest achievement.”
Announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015, Donald Trump stated:
“We need a leader that wrote The Art of the Deal.”
Since then, Schwartz expressed deep regret for writing the book. Both he and the book’s publisher maintain Trump contributed no words on paper to the book, nor did he proofread it. Schwartz penned it all based on interviews conducted with Trump and access granted to Trump Organization files and business associates.
If Art of the Deal made Donald Trump, then so did Tony Schwartz by extension. Schwartz eventually donated his profits and royalties from the book to different charities as his own form of penance.
His regret for elevating Trump from local developer to international renown is something Schwartz remains quite vocal about with Friday’s tweet being just the latest to address Trump the man, his candidacy and then his presidency.
Schwartz began issuing warnings back in 2016 about the man he spent months studying and interviewing in the 1980’s.
Schwartz claimed before the 2016 presidential election that Trump lies and demands those around him also lie constantly. After the election he stated the same in his Twitter posts, like the following examples.
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Well, that's one way to go.
She was not impressed.