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‘Final Nail in the Coffin’ – Donald Trump Is In Serious Legal Hot Water

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. By Gage Skidmore.

‘Final Nail in the Coffin’ for Donald Trump – Donald Trump haters may finally get what they have wanted since Trump first ran for president – a criminal indictment. Liberals believe Trump is guilty of something and that something may have to do with an alleged extramarital affair and hush money payoff from Trump’s attorney to adult video actress Stormy Daniels.

Columnist Thinks Trump’s Goose is Cooked

Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin, one of Trump’s fiercest critics, smells Trump’s blood in the water even though the former president and his lawyers are pleading his innocence.

The leftwing magazine summarized a recent Levin article that said Donald Trump could be in a significant legal morass. “Grand jury testimony from Trump’s former attorney could be the final nail in the coffin when it comes to criminal charges for the ex-president.”

Background on the Case

The Trump-Daniels tryst and subsequent investigation has everything the public craves about political news – mainly sex, lies, and paying off the mistress in exchange for silence. It all started in 2006 when Trump met Daniels at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The two allegedly consummated the affair in a hotel room at the resort. Trump and his attorneys have always denied that this took place. Trump’s youngest son was less than a year old at the time.

Daniels Spoke Out to One Media Source

In 2011, Daniels went public about the affair in a tell all interview she gave to Touch Weekly, but Trump’s attorney threatened the media outlet with legal actions if they printed Daniels’ accusations. However, the Touch Weekly decided to release the story in 2018. Before that, Daniels claimed her family was threatened by a mysterious man who told Daniels not to pursue the allegations against Trump.

Daniels Said She Accepted the Payment to Protect Her Family

This is why she accepted $130,000 in “hush money” payments from Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen in 2016. The grand jury is trying to determine if Cohen made monthly payments to Daniels to make it look like Cohen was receiving legal fees from the Trump Organization in reimbursement installments.

Hide the Affair at All Costs

Cohen and Trump, the prosecutors would likely allege if there is an indictment, wanted the affair to remain secret before the election since the negative press could have hurt Trump with voters, not to mention shocking his wife and damaging his marriage.

Donald Trump Fixer Has Turned State’s Evidence

Fast forward to the grand jury convened by the Manhattan district attorney and Cohen has already testified on March 13 and will be called back to answer questions on March 15. Vanity Fair’s Levin has pointed out that the grand jury has heard from seven other witnesses besides Cohen and even invited Trump to testify. Usually, when a panel hears from that many witnesses, an indictment is imminent, according to the New York Times, which interviewed legal experts on March 13.

What Are the Charges?

The potential charges against Trump are not completely clear, but he could be accused of falsifying business records since the Trump Organization classified the Daniels payments as legal fees. For charges to be a felony, prosecutors would have to show that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization were acting with criminal intent to hide other crimes.

How Would a Criminal Trial Jury React

It is always difficult to predict what a grand jury or a criminal trial (petit) jury will do, but hush money to an adult film actress to save a campaign from negative press coverage and hiding it from a wife would likely be easy to understand for members of a jury.

Trump Refutes It All

Trump denies that the affair took place and that he had anything to do with the payments. Cohen has claimed the president knew about the hush money and that Trump directed the installments to Daniels.

Trump thinks this is a political witch hunt and that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is a “racist” prosecutor. He believes an indictment will result in more voters rallying to support his campaign.

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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. Steven

    March 14, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    Pathetic article.

  2. James Murphey

    March 14, 2023 at 9:48 pm

    Hush money
    Tax cheating
    Bank fraud
    Insurance fraud

    That’s just for “legal” starters..

    But don’t forget he’s also a puppet for Putin, who is every American’s enemy whether you wants to believe that or not.

    Then Jared got 2 billion dollar investment play money from MBS… Hunter WHO?….


    I hope they enjoy their time in prison.

  3. Donny

    March 15, 2023 at 2:21 am

    100% agree! lol but he’s guilty of SOMETHING!! yea we haven’t heard that since 2016 lol keep shooting libtards!

  4. Terry R Smith

    March 16, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    telling the truth would most likely kill you. get over your trump fetish

  5. RC

    March 16, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. “The walls are closing in!” We’ve heard it all before and know now that a lot of those “walls” were made of wet papier-mache, fabrications created by liars. If you can produce an actual case against Trump, why has it taken over six years of intense, non-stop investigations, none of which have had proper predication? Is it that you really don’t have a case? Produce a properly predicated investigation that has produced actual evidence of a crime that meets all of the conditions to be a crime, rather than a gross stretch of the syntax and semantics of the law, and I have no problem with charging and prosecuting Trump. But you haven’t done it yet. And there are no indications in this story that it is about to happen. You need help, and not in investigating Trump. You need to deal with a mental disorder.


    March 16, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    All your accusations are baseless. Trump is not going to jail, He will
    be running for president in 2024 and will be the winner. All the aforementioned accusations exactly describes Biden and his regime. Biden will be going to jail when this hoax is uncovered.

  7. Susie Bee

    March 17, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Wake up, Brent! It is time to smell the corruption.

  8. rp kidder

    March 17, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    You say “liberals believe Trump is guilty of something”. I am far from a liberal yet i believe Donald Trump is definitely guilty of more than one crime. I think the evidence will bare this out even more as we go forward. Please do not think that only liberals feel this way. Myself and many of my conservative friends and coworkers feel he is guilty of crimes against America. Thanks for the opportunity to respectfully comment.

  9. jeff

    March 17, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    this (and I use the term loosly) news publication is always trying to demean the former president. Its not a real news source. i am very surprised at people still talking teribly about an ex president over the current one when we are worse off today from the current president than we were with the former. The current administration is still taking away individual rights and business rights in the name of good politics and all beleive in them because they keep dangling issues and rights that they pretentiously are fighting for , to their voters voting for them. Its all a smoke and mirror show with publications like this one leading the community by the nose.

  10. Robert Petersen

    March 18, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Go ahead. Make Trump into a martyr. Watch as New York D. A. Alvin Bragg fails to make the required findings of fact to raise this from a misdemeanor to a felony. When the Biden Crime Syndicate gets perp walked in the near future this will be the ultimate in “small potatoes.”


    March 18, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    So sad at a time when this country is in need of good leadership. And predictions of a 3rd world war or nuclear attack, the war in the Ukraine, issues with China, Russia, Iran and Syria. Domestic issues at home and the economy. And yet with all the issues mentioned we are worrying. About the alleged accusations of an occurrence many commit
    on a daily basis. But is not the allegation that makes one wonder. But how quickly the media publishes. negative issues when it concerns. Selected individuals they have targetted.;

  12. Richard Sanders

    March 18, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    I do not believe a crime was committed.
    Some of the finest constitutional attorneys says this is total BS and now written by some brain dead writer. This BS case will result in a landlslide elecion for Trump and a kick in the pants for CreepyJoe
    Biden. Good luck on you hit piece sir?

  13. Kathy Kelley

    March 18, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    There is no such thing as an honest politician… It comes with the territory.

  14. Fuck Joe Biden

    March 19, 2023 at 8:23 am

    All of which you posted accusing this man of … has already been proven to be Bull Crap. How does it feel to be so low on intellect you can be told who to hate, for no good reason other than the communist idiots you support are afraid of him and of the AMERICAN people … You sir are the worse kind of idjit.

  15. N. P.

    March 20, 2023 at 11:55 am

    How about we stop trying to incriminate Trump and seriously look into the current POTUS corruption and strong ties to a known enemy of the United States. Funny, but when I went to school, that was called TREASON !! The DOJ need to get off their lazy asses and start serving the people of the U.S. and not be cowarding behind all the mentally ill libtards.

  16. Bart

    March 20, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    Lifelong Democrat Alan Dershowitz not only points out the fact that a Trump arraignment/prosecution has no real basis in set law, but also the fact that it is NY! The chances of Donald Trump getting a fair trial are 1 in a million at best. This will end up in the Supreme Court and Trump will be exonerated. DA Bragg is inventing law, not enforcing it. 1000% Political Witch Hunt, when NY has rising Crime Rates and it isnt safe to ride the subway or walk down the street, to own a store! Your Article reeks of BIAS. Oh and quoting Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin … lol, please

  17. cj

    March 21, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Dear god what a pathetic piece. If infidelity was a crime 99% of all married people would be guilty.

    As categorizing this payment as a legal fee… it’s payment saved hundred of thousands of legal fees being spent.

    Pathetic half @ ss ed hit piece.

  18. Rex Lawrence

    March 21, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    The Democrats have been trying to hang President Trump from day one. Why because they know if he gets in Office again, the Democrats will be out permanently. Democrats are such lying, cheating, cheap backstabbing, piece of S***. Pelosi is, at least was, the worse, now they use more underground tactics. All indications now say Trump will win the election by far. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc., all know this. The Biden’s dealings with China will not help his clan.

  19. PhuckBiden)_hard

    March 21, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Trump, obviously, is innocent. Trump lives rent free in the far left Liberal mind and that is a good thing. Enough of Trump stories, we’re in grave danger from the criminal fool in the WH today. The Biden crime family have seriously damaged the Republic and Biden needs to hang for his multitude of crimes. Hard to believe the author is educated at all; such a ridiculous story.

  20. David Volpi

    March 22, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Can we have an honest journalist for once. Clinton was fined for doing the same thing, quit picking for straws.

  21. TruthSayer

    March 22, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    “Trump must be guilty of something.” This sums up the libtard Dim vendetta against Trump which is based on hatred instead of legal theory. We spent $50 million investigating Trump’s collusion with Russia. The result? – NOTHING OCCURRED. Dims impeached Trump TWICE! Result – NOT GUILTY. John Edwards actually did what Trump was accused of – with CAMPAIGN MONEY! Result – NOT GUILTY.

  22. Paul E Morton

    March 23, 2023 at 12:03 am

    This article is exhibit A in the proof that liberals have lost their minds. The actual crime that Bragg is trying to charge is falsifying a business record, it has a 2 year statue of limitations which ran many years ago, it is a misdemeanor. Even his attempt to tie it to a bigger crime of campaign fraud is weak since this is not a crime he can bring in state court and the FEC said it was not a violation and even if it were, the 5 year statute of limitations has run out on that as well. Add to that the fact that Bragg had downgraded 50% of felonies in NY to misdemeanors for violent criminals makes this a clearly political witch hunt. Is this not the definition of a banana republic? So my question to the author: Are you really so full of Trump hate that you think this is a good idea?

  23. Terence Wright

    March 23, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Brent, Really this is a silly article and even more thoughtless since the vast majority of democrat leaders have done much worse things and in plain site. Nothing has ever been done about it. Donald Trump is actually a good person with the right ideas but he does have a problem with picking internal/external fights in the politial areana and the backlash that casuses publically.. Its all about how he executes his ideas..

  24. David

    March 23, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Those that read Trumptys 4 page summary of the Mueller report and not the actual report continually show their ignorance. 400 pages just too much? Hunter’s laptop wasn’t turned over to law enforcement, it was given to Bannon and Rudy G. It was accessed 6 times between being given to them and the FBI getting it. How did Biden access that? Trumpty didn’t start any war, he also did nothing to stop one. Republicans washed their hands of the Iraq pullout when they blamed the outlandish withdrawal completely on Biden, who went by the treaty that donnie negotiated.

  25. TheDon

    March 23, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    Democrats focus on Trump.
    GM , craftsmen, us steel going down tubes as russian and china join, ukraine gets trillions and bidens get kickbacks.
    Not to mention our home school shooting issues, infrastructure issues, and crazy belief we can be an electric infrastructure.

    Trumps brash, but was right on Russia, nato reliance on Russian fuel, and business.

    Hope ukraine war isnt duping congress who never leave the office. Seems like an easy way to disarm the west. Let them oversend to Ukraine.

    Times are more serious than federal charges of infidelity.
    Convicted killers are set free, no sense owning a nice car..its a highjack target.
    Trump will never see jail.
    Maybe lockdown at his residence.

    The DA should think more about crimes in NY and his own race issues not addressed by him or his lost leader Sharpton.

  26. Walker

    March 25, 2023 at 12:50 am

    As the saying goes, justice is slow. But when you break as many laws as Trump, eventually it catches up with you. The flood gates are just starting to break. The funny thing is that Trump supporters have watched him break laws and always say he gets vindicated, when that is never what happens.

    There really is only one thing that can save him now. He has to get elected in 2024 so that he can finally pardon himself for all his crimes. But that won’t happen. And when he fails to get elected, perhaps all his followers probably could up arms and try to revolt. That is as far as it is going to get. Trump is going to Prison, you fools can follow him there if you want.

  27. JACK

    March 26, 2023 at 9:09 pm

    The worst thing that could happen to the Democratics would be for Trump to NOT be the Republican nominee in the next election…. that would virtually Guarantee that our next President will be a one of several Young Republicans….

  28. GhostTomahawk

    March 27, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Isn’t this year 6 of these articles??

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