A Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Donald J. Trump on Thursday for his role in paying hush money to a porn star, according to four people with knowledge of the matter, a historic development that will shake up the 2024 presidential race and forever mark him as the nation’s first former president to face criminal charges.
The felony indictment, filed under seal by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, will likely be announced in the coming days. By then, prosecutors working for the district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, will have asked Mr. Trump to surrender and to face arraignment on charges that remain unknown for now.
That would explain why Ivanka’s PR team dumped this to People magazine yesterday:
Ivanka Trump is continuing to keep her distance from her father, Donald Trump, as a grand jury weighs whether to indict the former president over an alleged hush money payment made to a porn star in 2016.
“Even though Ivanka loves her dad, she knows how impossible he can be,” a social source tells PEOPLE — though another person close to the former first daughter alleges there is no tension in their father-daughter relationship, and that she’s simply focused on raising her children and building a life in Miami.
The initial source says that 41-year-old Ivanka “is recreating her business life and raising her children which are her priorities. She is through with politics.”
These people are so fucking phony and predictable.
PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA!
The secret video recordings at dinner tonight at Mar-a-Lago will be priceless.
@Baud: John apparently hates me.
@kindness: There isn’t enough ketchup in the world to wash away this stain Donny.
May this be the first of many indictments!
One down, maybe a dozen more to go…
Let indictments roll on like a mighty river.
@WaterGirl: bigfooting is how he shows love
@Alison Rose: Then John surely loves me a lot!
Is Ivanka’s new name Judas? I enjoyed this addition to Indictment Day #1.
@Alison Rose: I have thought a few times of just putting up a post so John can step on it. :-)
Cry harder, Trump trash! Your twice-impeached, Kremlin-humping, traitorous, orange shitstain who hates all of you racist, fascistic idiots just got INDICTED!
I wonder if he will be tried as an adult.
@WaterGirl: Hey, far be it from me to kink shame.
Also LOL Ivanka, you vacuous little rat.
I hope Stormy is having whatever drink of choice she prefers.
Bundt cake. No utensils. Face first.
ETA: Ok, face first was kinda obvious.
@WaterGirl: Hey, it’s only like the 4th time in the last two weeks he has stomped on your post
Hahahahahah from the NYT:
Or if the schmuck’s wrists won’t meet behind his back.
Or if his hands are too small for handcuffs.
Taking my bottle of champagne that I was saving for when news of Trump’s eventual dirt nap reached me out of the fridge and popping that cork right fucking now! An indictment is good enough! And I heard it here first. Cheers, friends! 🍾🥂
@billcinsd: It’s his blog, he gets to stomp whenever and whomever he wants. Doesn’t mean I can’t give him shit about it.
I’m not sure he even knows he’s doing it.
Man, I do hope Zelenskyy is also able to have a moment of levity over this.
Oh, yay! I was so hoping that someone sometime would finally hold Trump accountable for DECADES of tax fraud! Did Weisselberg flip?
@WaterGirl: God, that looks yummy.
@WaterGirl: Admit it. You love John.
@RevRick: I do love Cole. Doesn’t everyone?
Anyone follow Kathy Griffin on Twitter? Is she enjoying the news?
@Betty Cracker: I will share my pie if you’ll share your champagne.
I don’t have any cake, or even pie, alas.
But I do have some sour cherries, and some dark chocolate, and I can improvise.
Great line; thanks.
Will somebody please think of the pundits? /s
@CaseyL: Do you have white rum and limes? You could have a sour cherry mojito with your chocolate!
@JoyceH: No, Weisslberg hasn’t flipped as far as we know. Cohen’s testimony was apparently enough to show that he was repaid with funds structured to come out of campaign funds. If I was Weiselberg, I’d be thinking a lot harder about how much of the rest of my life I want to spend in prison.
Just added as a rotating tag.
Lock him up!!!!
@WaterGirl: That sounds delish, but I lack both the rum and the limes.
But there is nothing wrong with a bite of chocolate washed down with a cherry. Or vise versa.
There’s poetic justice that Trump got busted first for basically trying to fuck over a sex worker.
And no, I don’t mean that ironically, or sarcastically.
Rumor/speculation is that he’s flipped or is about to flip. He’s dropped the Trump attorneys and that’s a sign.
@MisterDancer: I believe he got indicted for the corrupt business records as he covered it up.
@WaterGirl: OMG That looks awesome so good!
@JoyceH: Actually, he has new Trumpy-er Trump attorneys!
@JPL: I have to say that it was every bit as good as it looked.
@Alison Rose: Will Stormy testify? A media shitstorm(y) of epic proportions.
@WaterGirl: I love galettes. And cherries. Fortuitously in light of recent events I baked chocolate cherry brownies just two hours ago. Going to break out the good bourbon to go with them.
Gin & Tonic
Posted downstairs too, but the Turkish Parliament voted unanimously to agree to Finland’s application for NATO membership. It’s all over but the shouting. VV Putin again shows his strategic genius.
@Baud: ZIP TIES!!! Good enough for his goons to bring for Pence and Pelosi, good enough for an Orangehaired Shitgibbon!
@WaterGirl: I’m posting across multiple threads for this recipe. I’d like to commemorate this day with your recipe.
Et tu, Ivanka?
ungrateful child, serpent’s tooth, yadda yadda.
@PBK: Excellent choice!
@WaterGirl: Something’s wrong with the pie filter. It’s replacing some (but not all) of your posts, and I don’t have you pied.
Less carbs – kinda.
@WaterGirl: Mmmm that sounds good!
@JoyceH: I keep thinking of the train station shootout in The Untouchables. Get the bookkeeper, you get everything. Could a RICO action be far behind?
In other news, Bonnie Parker is through with bank robbery.
(A thin reed, but I am clinging to it.)
(Having just devoured a small bowl of cherries and raspberries mixed with melted dark chocolate.)
Good thing for my BRAND NEW iPHONE 14 PRO MAX that I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that!
@twbrandt: I am stealing this
Here’s looking forward to some ‘executive time’
Time for some wine to chill.
IT’S INDICTMENT O’CLOCK!!
4 cups frozen sour cherries
1 cup baker’s sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
You can used frozen, fresh or canned sour cherries
The cherry pie recipe calls for the amounts above, but I like mine more tart and less goopy, so I use 6 cups of cherries, 3/4 cup sugar, same cornstarch and salt as above.
Put the frozen cherries in a large bowl.
Stir together the sugar, cornstarch and salt.
Sprinkle with the sugar mixture to distribute it evenly.
Heat on the stove until cherries are thawed and the thickening juices are clear, not cloudy.
Then I cover the cherries and put them in the refrigerator so the cherry juice firms up a bit, and I add it to the cornmeal crust (right out of the fridge)
1 and 1/4 cups (150 grams) unbleached flour
1/4 cup (30g) cornmeal
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt (I reduce the salt because I use salted butter)
1/4 cup cold buttermilk
To make the cornmeal crust:
Whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl.
Using a pastry cutter or a couple forks, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse, pea-sized crumbs.
Add the buttermilk and stir until the flour is moistened.
Add 1 more Tablespoon of buttermilk if the dough seems dry.
Gently knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured work surface until it all comes together.
Shape the dough into a ball and flatten it into a thick disk.
Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days (or freeze up to 3 months).
When ready to assemble:
Preheat oven to 425°F.
I bake it in a deep, flat-sided pie pan, but you can also make it free-form on a baking sheet.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough (right from the fridge) into a 12-inch circle (or any shape, really!).
Transfer dough to the pie pan or prepared baking sheet.
Spoon the chilled cherry mixture into the pie pan that’s holding the cornmeal dough.
Spoon the berries (not the juices) into the center of the dough, leaving a 2-3 inch border all around.
Gently fold the edges of the dough over the fruit, overlapping the dough as necessary.
Press gently to seal the edges.
Brush the edges with egg wash (I don’t do that) and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Bake until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown, about 25-28 minutes.
Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes or more before slicing and serving.
@Ken: Are you making a joke related to my pie photos?
@John Cole: It’s already a rotating tag, too.
@WaterGirl: i just ate a little sundae. Now I’m thinking about a sour cherry mojito. Might make it a slushy in my smoothie blender. Hmmm. What could be bad?
Spouse and me…headed out to our favorite pub to toast Alvin Bragg over a pint of Guinness. Happy Indictment Day!
@Gin & Tonic: The Finland to join NATO news is fantastic. Celebrating that, too.
@Manyakitty: mmm, sounds good.
@John Cole: be my guest!
@Gin & Tonic: Was Turkye the last holdout in the way for Finland?
Got not one but TWO pastels de nata with my coffee today. As a treat.
Everyone else is. It was on Reddit two weeks ago.
“these people are so fucking phony”
Her husband basically looks like a Tussaud’s wax figure, so yeah, definitely phony!
Though I think she might actually be done with public politicing. It never seemed like fun for her, and while the access to Chinese purse parents was probably helpful, she and her nepotic soul mate have plenty of questionable pathways to moar money.