Trump Media co-founder claims Trump pushed exec to sell stock to Melania: WaPo

  • Will Wilkerson, co-founder of Trump’s media company, filed a whistleblower complaint with the SEC in August.
  • Wilkerson detailed several allegations about the company to the Washington Post.
  • An email obtained by the Post showed that another co-founder believed Trump was taking revenge on him.

A co-founder of Trump Media & Technology Group, the company behind Truth Social, said former President Donald Trump pushed another executive to sell some of his stock to Melania Trump and reacted when the request was denied. according to a Washington Post report.

Will Wilkerson, who filed a whistleblower complaint about the company with the SEC in August, filed the allegation in a story published by the outlet on Saturday. The Post, which obtained the materials presented with Wilkerson’s complaint, detailed allegations of infighting and potentially illegal activity at the company.

Trump had received a 90% stake in the company when it was founded, according to the SEC complaint. But Wilkerson told the Post that he was with fellow co-founder Andy Litinsky in October 2021 when the latter received a call from Trump. At the time, the company had recently reached a merger agreement that would catapult the value of its shares. Wilkerson said the former president asked Litinsky to sell some of his shares to Melania Trump.

Wilkerson told the Post that Litinsky hesitated and explained that the gift would translate into a tax he wouldn’t be able to pay: “Trump didn’t care. He said, ‘Do what you have to do.'”

Litinsky, a former competitor of “The Apprentice,” was removed from the company board five months later in what Wilkerson believed was retaliation. According to a March email obtained by the Post, Litinsky also believed he had been subjected to retaliation.

“President Trump over the past 2 months has repeatedly demanded that I give my TMTG stake to Melania Trump,” Litinsky wrote, according to a screenshot of the email published by the Post. “As I have informed him several times, I have earned that equity, and even” donating “the equity to Melania Trump would be a taxable event that I cannot afford to pay taxes on.”

Litinsky also said Trump had threatened to “blow up the company” if his demands were not met, adding that he believed Trump was now “bouncing back” against him and would seek legal counsel, according to him. screenshot of the email.

A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Litinsky did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent through his consulting and production company, ZideLitinsky Media.

In a statement provided to Insider, a representative of the Trump Media & Technology Group blew up the Post’s reports and touted the successes of Truth Social.

“As president of TMTG, President Trump hired Devin Nunes as CEO to create a culture of compliance and build a world-class team to drive Truth Social,” the statement said, noting that the platform launched on app stores. Apple and Google, attracted millions of users and “performed more feature updates”.

“Ignoring these findings, the Washington Post has published a story full of knowingly false and defamatory statements and other fabricated psychodramas,” the statement continues. The statement did not directly comment on specific allegations.

Wilkerson, who held the position of senior vice president of operations, said he was fired Thursday after speaking with the Post, the agency reported. Wilkerson’s attorneys did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but told the Post that he is partnering with the SEC and New York prosecutors investigating Trump Media.

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