Federal investigators have received evidence of crimes from a former executive at the Trump Media & Technology Group, which runs his Truth Social clone of Twitter, according to a bombshell new report published online on Saturday afternoon by The Washington Post.
Will Wilkerson, the company’s former senior vice president of operations, is reportedly pursuing whistleblower status with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Wilkerson believes Trump fired company co-founder and former “Apprentice” contestant Andy Litinsky for refusing to give his wife, Melania Trump, shares in the company. Wilkerson gave the newspaper an email from Litinsky in which he claimed the former president was retaliating against him.
“The email — one of the hundreds of previously unreported company messages, documents, photos and audio recordings that Wilkerson has provided to the SEC in connection with a whistleblower submission— reveals a stunning portrait of the animosity that has built up inside Trump Media since its high-profile debut last year,” the newspaper reported.
Shortly before midnight on Friday evening, Trump posted that “Truth Social was Number One on the Internet today!”
“Promoted as the centerpiece of Trump’s post-presidential business ambitions, the company had marketed itself as a budding media empire, with enterprises planned in social media, video streaming, live events, and online payments — a powerful rival not just to Twitter but Disney, Google and Amazon,” the newspaper reported.
“But inside the company, Wilkerson said, those plans gave way to bitter infighting, technical failures, and a chaotic jockeying for power among Trump allies that undermined its potential and left some employees crying at their desks.”
Wilkerson, according to the newspaper, filed a whistleblower complaint in August and was fired on Thursday after speaking with Post reporter Drew Harwell.
“Wilkerson is cooperating with investigations into Trump Media by the SEC and federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York, said his attorneys, Phil Brewster, Patrick Mincey, and Stephen Bell,” the newspaper reported.
“Among the materials, he filed with the SEC’s whistleblower office is a detailed, day-to-day computer log compiled by company co-founder Wes Moss, Litinsky, and Wilkerson about their daily company-related activities. He also provided to The Post a copy of that log as well as numerous other memos, photographs, and videos that chronicled the creation of Trump Media.”