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Donald Trump ‘Hush Money’ Case Takes A Crazy Turn

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President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with supporters at an "An Address to Young Americans" event hosted by Students for Trump and Turning Point Action at Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Donald Trump Fixer on Stage In Front of Grand Jury Looking Into Trump Payments: When it came to dirty deeds, Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was par excellence.

For years, when Donald Trump was in trouble it was Cohen who “fixed” the situation in the former president’s favor.

Now Cohen has turned into an enemy of Trump. The attorney will testify today at a grand jury in New York City. The panel is looking into payments made by Cohen to an adult video star that was designed to silence her so that Trump’s family would not know about his extramarital affair.

Donald Trump Denies Wrongdoing

Cohen arranged and made payments to Stormy Daniels and to another woman to make sure no details of the affairs were made public before the 2016 presidential election. Trump has denied that the affairs took place.

Intricate Web of Payments

For the Daniels payment, Cohen set up a shell company and paid her $130,000. Cohen also made sure Karen McDougal was paid $150,000 through the National Enquirer tabloid in exchange for the former Playboy model to stay silent about her affair with Trump before the election.

Cohen May Have the Goods on Trump

The Manhattan district attorney is looking into the legality of the payments and Cohen is expected to be one of the final witnesses to testify. Cohen is believed to have evidence such as recordings, texts, and emails about the payments.

This May Only Be a Misdemeanor

The former president could be charged with falsifying business records, a misdemeanor. Trump would be the first former commander-in-chief to have been charged with committed a crime.

Trump Will Likely Not Testify In Front of the Grand Jury 

Trump has been invited to testify before the grand jury as well, but he is not expected to do so. Trump lawyer Joseph Tacopina was interviewed by Good Morning America on March 13.

“We have no plans on participating in this proceeding,” Tacopina said. “It’s a decision that needs to be made still. There’s been no deadline set, so we’ll wait and see.”

Donald Trump: This Is Another Political Witch Hunt and Hoax

Trump said on Truth Social that the legal proceedings against him are a “Scam, Injustice, Mockery, and Complete and Total Weaponization of Law Enforcement in order to affect a Presidential Election!”

Trump and his attorneys have maintained that the legal proceedings are a way to attack Trump in order to shut down his campaign for president. Trump’s legal team has stated that district attorney Alvin Bragg is acting in an unconstitutional manner and that Bragg wishes to persecute Trump politically.

Trump’s Legal Team Believes Cohen Is Not a Reliable Witness

Cohen has served time in jail after pleading guilty in 2018 to making the payments to Daniels and McDougal. Trump’s attorneys are attempting to discredit Cohen’s testimony as untrue since he has been convicted already.

Other Trump Allies Are On the Hotseat

Other witnesses in Trump’s orbit have also met with the prosecuting attorneys such as 2016 election campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and longtime Trump loyalist and spokesperson Hope Hicks.

Other Legal Woes

The hush money investigation is not Trump’s only legal problem. He is also being investigated by a Fulton County prosecutor in Georgia for allegedly attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election in that state.

In addition, Donald Trump could face charges for his alleged actions leading up to the January 6 insurrection. And he could be charged with mishandling classified documents.

Any criminal accusations could galvanize supporters around Donald Trump who believe that the criminal system is weaponizing proceedings to stop the momentum of his campaign.

Author Expertise and Experience: 

Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.

Written By

Now serving as 1945s New Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.



  1. Pete Baden

    March 13, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Trump DID try to overturn the
    Election process in Georgia.
    That is a FACT not an allegation!!
    Lock him up!!
    Lock him up!!
    Lock him up!!
    Lock him up!!
    Lock him up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mack

    March 13, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    You’re just another leftwing Liar Mr. Peter Piper! Proof is what matters! Not your leftwing accusations!

    Compared to the biden crime syndicate, Trump is an Angel!

    History will prove that if you survive the Kinetic war with two nuclear superpowers the democrats are engaged in starting!

  3. Thomas

    March 16, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    Trump paid Cohen a salary it was his responsibility to take care of business. What Cohen did and paid was on Cohen, not Trump. Trump trusted he would do the right thing and paid him well. Trump had nothing to do with what he did!

  4. capriatdave

    March 18, 2023 at 7:44 am

    Time and Time again Trump is involved in scrupulous endeavors. He is a pathetical liar which has been proven over and over. He uses his money to pay off other scrupulous people to support him in his lies. Yet it amazes me that there are so many that stand by his side. These people are only using trump to support their own negative and disconfirming attitude toward society and the ruling parties of our government. If you could only use that enthusiasm in a positive manner and do your part to help instead of criticizing those that try to correct which is unjust and unbiblical for humanity in a whole.

  5. Tom Curran

    March 18, 2023 at 8:22 am

    The educated verses uneducated.

  6. Leigh

    March 18, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Who care if they paid her to be quiet. It doesn’t affect the country or my paycheck. Move on to the important issues instead of these stupid distractions.

  7. Anthony

    March 18, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Trump Lies? No waaaay. Nobody in politics lies come on man. Everything and everyone in DC is caught in a Russian disinformation falicy. Not one single shread of evidence in DC criminality on either side of the isle. Not one politician is guilty of anything.

  8. Chris

    March 19, 2023 at 9:07 am

    If Trump was a democrat, media wouldn’t be calling this ‘hush money’, it would be called a ‘non-disclosure agreement’.

  9. Carl

    March 19, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Most important thing to do is vote Trump back in office so the United States and the world would be much better off and live in freedom.

  10. Spyglass

    March 20, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    He will deny everything, even if he was caught on video instructing Cohen exactly what to do; he will deny he called the Georgia AG to “find me 11k votes!”; he’ll also deny he took any classified docs with him (he did remark it’d “be cool” to have some around); the riot? he’s on worldwide news fostering that. Folks need to grasp the fact that he is seemingly able to do little on his own that requires logical, rational, mature thinking and/or action. To believe otherwise is, well, delusional. IMHO, Bannon was responsible for most of his “ideas” (or another of his political “advisors”). He is, quite simply, a buffoon…and an embarrassment to the nation, and especially the Republican party.

  11. ED

    March 21, 2023 at 2:37 am

    TRUMP 2024 !!!

  12. ROGER

    March 21, 2023 at 1:52 pm


  13. tony

    March 21, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    No ball liberals, hold that mirror up to your guy , what do you see? again no balls

  14. Odis H Johnson

    March 22, 2023 at 6:59 am

    Why does Trump refer to himself as a witch?

  15. Sane Liberal

    March 22, 2023 at 9:48 pm

    Orange man is and was a disgrace to the presidency. His pathological lying has split the country. He and his cronies knew that America did not want him as POTUS as evidenced by losing the popular vote each time by a total of 10 Million votes. He continues to be a Karen blathering of being a victim while scamming his cult for their money. His stain(orange) on democracy will be hard to wash away. If he really cared about America he
    should confess to his crimes and serve time.


    March 23, 2023 at 5:24 am


  17. Chris

    March 23, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Everything was better under Trump. We wouldn’t have this pending depression, inflation or the war in Ukraine. All the allegations like Russian Collusion are proven to be lies started by hillary. The MSM and deep state just can’t stand to have someone who isn’t their puppet. Like the demented fool Biden.

  18. TheDon

    March 25, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    This financially was a good one night employment for stormy.

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