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April 13, 2023
Former US president Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday against his former attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, for damaging Trump’s reputation and profiting from spreading what Trump alleges are falsehoods about himself.
The suit, filed in a federal court in the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday morning, accuses Cohen of “breaches of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, conversion, and breaches of contract.” Cohen has acted as a key witness in several investigations and lawsuits against Trump, including the current high-profile case in Manhattan regarding hush money payments to adult star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
The suit seeks $500 million in damages for Cohen’s role in exposing the former president and 2024 GOP presidential hopeful’s actions in the Daniels case that led to his arraignment in Manhattan on March 30. It also alleges Cohen violated his attorney-client privilege when he spread what Trump says are “falsehoods … likely to be embarrassing or detrimental, and partook in other misconduct in violation of New York Rules of Professional Conduct.”
Trump’s attorneys say Cohen illegally enriched himself by releasing “ a myriad of public statements, including the publication of two books, a podcast series, and innumerable mainstream media appearances.” They also claim Trump has suffered “reputational damage” because of Cohen’s allegations against him, and that Cohen carried out these actions as “illicit” acts of hostility.
Trump continues to deny all the allegations against him in the case brought by the Manhattan District Attorney. Trump was indicted on 34 counts of falsifying business documents last month.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: LUKE MOCHERMAN
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