Former President Donald Trump has filed a 32-page lawsuit against his former attorney, Michael Cohen, alleging that Cohen "breached his fiduciary duties owed to Trump" by disseminating falsehoods and disclosing "confidences."
Trump's legal team filed the lawsuit against Cohen in the Miami Division of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday, seeking more than $500 million in damages, according to Breitbart News.
The complaint and demand for a jury trial, first reported by Fox News, allege that Cohen, who is now disbarred in the state of New York, disseminated "malicious falsehoods about [Trump]" and disclosed his former client's "confidences," among other offenses:
Defendent [Cohen] breached his fiduciary duties owed to Plaintiff [Trump] by virtue of their attorney-client relationship by both revealing Plaintiff’s confidences, and spreading falsehoods about Plaintiff, likely to be embarrassing or detrimental, and partook in other misconduct in violation of New York Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rules 1.5, 1.6, 1.9, and 8.4.
Defendent breached the contractual terms of the confidentiality agreement he signed as a condition of employment with Plaintiff by both revealing Plaintiff’s confidences, and spreading falsehoods about Plaintiff with malicious intent and to wholly self-serving ends.
The lawsuit also alleges Cohen “unlawfully converted [Trump’s] business property when he fraudulently misrepresented and stated that he was owed an extra $74,000 over the true amount.”
The suit also asserted that he received the funds to which the lawsuit later stated, “He was not entitled.”
Trump’s attorneys wrote that Cohen “committed these breaches through myriad public statements, including the publication of two books, a podcast series, and innumerable mainstream media appearances.”
Trump’s legal team cited the books and podcast under their “Unjust Enrichment” cause of action.
They went on to assert that Cohen “received substantial compensation, proceeds, and/or profits as a direct result of, without limitation, his role in the publication, promotion, and or sale of the Books, as well as from his production and marketing of the Podcast, all at the expense of Plaintiff.”
Trump’s lawyers wrote that he seeks “damages in an amount to be determined at trial, but expected to substantially exceed Five Hundred Million Dollars ($500,000,000).”
Thursday, Kyle Cheney of Politico reported that the case was assigned to former president Barack Obama's appointee, Judge Darrin Gayle.
After a grand jury returned an indictment to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Donald Trump entered a not-guilty plea while being arraigned on 34 counts of falsifying business documents in a highly criticized case last week.
Bragg has accused Trump of forging records “to cover up crimes relating to the 2016 election,” alleging he, Cohen, and others devised a hush-money scheme to “catch and kill” negative stories.
Bragg alleges this scheme led Trump to disguise hush money reimbursements to Cohen as payments for “fictitious legal services.”