Michael Cohen loses bid to revive lawsuit against Donald Trump

 January 6, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has had a string of victories over recent weeks regarding his various legal issues.

Michael Cohen, once an ally of the former president, lost his bid to revive a lawsuit that sought to hold Trump liable for "allegedly jailing him in retaliation for writing a book that casts the former president in a negative light."

Cohen once worked as Trump's attorney before their relationship soured in a big way.

The former Trump lawyer filed the lawsuit against Trump at the end of 2021, seeking damages for "extreme physical and emotional harm."

Judge rules

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan didn't take kindly to Cohen's appeal.

The court said it considered his arguments and ultimately found them to be "without merit."

Court clerk Catherine O’Hagan Wolfe wrote in the order, "Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the district court," referencing a previous ruling that shot down Cohen's attempt to sue the former president.

NTD noted:

The former president’s lawyer sought damages for alleged “extreme physical and emotional harm” and free speech violations after he was ordered back to prison after completing a three-year sentence for crimes including campaign finance violations, lying to Congress, and tax evasion.

In the wake of the ruling, Cohen released a statement, saying, "The outcome is wrong if democracy is to prevail. A writ of habeas corpus cannot be the only consequence to stop a rogue president from weaponizing the Department of Justice from locking up his/her critics in prison because they refuse to waive their First Amendment right."

Trump's lawyers react

Alina Habba, an attorney for the former president, was pleased with the appeals court ruling.

"We are very pleased with today’s ruling," Habba said. "Mr. Cohen’s lawsuit was doomed from its inception. We will continue to fight against any frivolous suits aimed at our client."

Social media users commented on Cohen's loss.

"Well considering that he also used AI to cite bogus legal cases to use in court (he claimed it was in error, yeah sure), I'd say he has pretty much shown himself to be precisely what he is. A liar," one X user wrote.

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