On Wednesday, former President Trump filed a lawsuit against his former fixer Michael Cohen for multiple claims including breach of contract. Cohen used to be Trump’s former attorney who has since opposed him.
The 32-page complaint specifically points to Cohen’s book, podcast, and media appearances to claim that he had maliciously worked with Trump as a way of building his own wealth and prominence. The suit is also asking for Cohen to pay damages in an amount that is to be set at trial. However, in the complaint, it stated that this is “expected to substantially exceed” $500 million.
The complaint further notes that “Defendant breached the contractual terms of the confidentiality agreement he signed as a condition of employment with Plaintiff.” Since then, the defendant has revealed “Plaintiff’s confidences” while “spreading falsehoods about Plaintiff with malicious intent and to wholly self-serving ends.”
Cohen is currently expected to be one of the key witnesses in the Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal prosecution of Trump relating to the hush money payment that prosecutors argue Cohen made on Trump’s behalf to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence over their alleged affair. The lawsuit filed by Trump against Cohen does not mention his recent indictment or the case in Manhattan.
The suit was filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida and it alleges that Cohen has revealed multiple times the information that should be protected in the attorney-client relationship. Trump also claims that a number of Cohen’s remarks and statements are inaccurate.