“Towards the end of last year, federal prosecutors started examining two loans totaling $8m wired to Trump Media,” President Trump’s tech company which owns and operates Truth Social, “from two obscure entities that both appear to be controlled in part by the relation of an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin,” The Guardian reports in a March 15 article. “Federal prosecutors’ interest in the two payments appear to have started when [client Will] Wilkerson, through his attorneys Patrick Mincey, Stephen Bell, and Phil Brewster, alerted the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York to the payments.”

Their client, Wilkerson, was a co-founder and former senior vice president of operations at Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG). Wilkerson received extensive media attention in October 2022 after The Washington Post extensively detailed his participation in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower Program and cooperation with federal law enforcement concerning alleged securities violations. TMTG retaliated by firing Wilkerson after learning he had spoken with The Washington Post.

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