In a surprising turn of events, former President Donald Trump has decided to voluntarily dismiss his $500 million lawsuit against his former attorney, Michael Cohen. However, Trump vows to revive the legal battle once he has emerged victorious from what he calls “witch hunts” against him in various jurisdictions.
This lawsuit, originally filed in April, accused Cohen of breaching their attorney-client relationship, unjust enrichment, and other charges. It alleged that Cohen spread falsehoods about Trump with malicious intent, a claim rooted in Cohen’s public statements, books, podcasts, and media appearances.
Trump’s legal team argued that Cohen ignored cease and desist orders and violated the confidentiality agreement he had signed while working for Trump.
Cohen, who had pleaded guilty to federal charges, including arranging hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal ahead of the 2016 presidential election, and later making false statements, maintains that Trump directed these payments. He was sentenced to three years in prison but has since been released.
The decision to drop the lawsuit temporarily, according to a Trump spokesperson, is due to the President’s busy schedule, which includes a deposition related to another civil matter. Trump plans to resume the legal battle against Cohen when he feels confident in his legal standing.
This development comes amidst a series of legal challenges Trump faces, including indictments, a civil fraud trial, and investigations related to hush-money payments, retention of classified records, the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, and alleged interference in the 2020 election result.
While Trump battles on multiple legal fronts, his decision to temporarily withdraw the lawsuit against Cohen adds another layer of complexity to his ongoing legal saga.
Michael Cohen, for his part, has yet to respond to these recent developments, leaving the legal world and political observers curious about what lies ahead in this legal showdown.