NYT: Prosecutors signal criminal charges for Trump are likely re Stormy Daniels case (March 9, 2023)

It’s the Stormy Daniels situation.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office recently signaled to Donald J. Trump’s lawyers that he could face criminal charges for his role in the payment of hush money to a porn star, the strongest indication yet that prosecutors are nearing an indictment of the former president, according to four people with knowledge of the matter.

As I said in the Schadenfreude thread… it’s a start.

Won’t be the last.

Do you mind if I modify your thread title to reflect this? Otherwise, Trump’s many legal snarls are easy to confuse among threads.

Sure thing


I’ll believe it when I see it. But here’s to hope.

IMO the Stormy case is by far the weakest and least significant (compared to the GA voting fraud case, the classified documents case, and the Jan 6th case). So it’s weird if it’s the first to actually get an indictment.

It shouldn’t be that hard a case to prosecute; his co-conspirator, Michael Cohen, was already convicted and spent time in jail for this crime.

ETA: Wasn’t Cohen’s prosecution where we got the reference to Trump as “Individual One”?

I’ll actually be really happy if the first indictment to come down is the one for hush money being paid out after fucking a porn star. Just nicely reinforces what a lecherous asshole the evangelicals tied their pony to.

I mean, the party of “family values” and “God Bless America” supports the first ex president to be criminally indicted? And it’s because he fucked a pornstar while his wife was at home with their newborn? Almost poetic. Sure it’s potentially the weakest case, but it’s also the biggest PR nightmare for the GOP I think.

In a world where Republicans had actual values, maybe. But we got this world. There is no PR nightmare for Republicans if they just ignore it, which is what they do, and will continue to do.

Personally, I’d like to see Trump indicted and convicted for all of his blatant felonies. The campaign finance, the espionage, especially the sedition, the conspiracy to commit treason… but also the tax evasion, the fraud, heck, including the Misrepresentation of National Weather Service Data.

Handcuffs is handcuffs.

Oh, and I forgot about all of the sex offenses. And that’s just from things that are already unambiguously known: Who knows what else he’s gotten up to that he hasn’t been caught at yet?

The Georgia case is imperiled. The Georgia State legislature is working to pass a bill that will enable them to reach into any county prosecutor’s office and replace them for being “soft on crime.” Meaning anyone prosecutor who is going/might go after someone on the protected team, such as Trump. Perennially corrupt Governor Brian Kemp has indicated he will sign such a bill into law if it reaches his desk.

So Manhattan will be first. The case against Michael Cohen was prosecuted with documents only. Shouldn’t be too different to prosecute Trump with same, plus Cohen’s testimony, even if they weren’t able to flip Allen Weisselberg.


Don’t forget “the party of law and order”.

Yeah. But in the Qliban’s case, that means, “We’ll make the laws we’re ordering you, not us, to follow”.

Upon learning that he could be facing indictment in New York over hush payments to an adult film star, former President Donald Trump immediately attacked Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York Attorney General Letitia James, and Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis — all of whom are Black — as “racists.” …

“This is par for the course for him. He’s been a racist his entire life, all the way back to his first time on the front page of the New York Post because of racist housing policy with him and his father in the '70s.”

And the attempt to extort Zellenskyy. Trump tried to withhold money for weapons, right before Putin attacked Ukraine. Putin helped put Trump in office. That’s huge IMHO. And almost certainly has ties to Russia, like all the other crap individual one does.

And lets not forget all of the obstruction of justice.

Whoops, gotta correct this statement. Cohen wasn’t prosecuted, he entered into a plea agreement. I’d forgotten that. Hard to keep track of all the Trump & Cohort criming. Still, if I remember right, it was on the strength of the documents in the case that Cohen decided to enter a plea, along with his wish to not involve his family in a lengthy trial.

Donald Trump, Jr. in 2008:

“In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets… Say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”