The indictment of the former president is likely to spark a political firestorm and might break new ground legally. Whether the forum is a television show, a courtroom or a political debate, Trump contends he can outperform any adversary. © Bernard Gotfryd/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/Getty Images Donald Trump, right, with his father, Fred Trump, in New York in the early 1980s. On behalf of Trump, Cohn filed a $100 million counterclaim against the government. The Daniels case, meanwhile, centers not on whether Trump had an affair but on the hush money and whether it was an illegal campaign contribution.