Updated Oct 5, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump files to dismiss lawsuit against former lawyer Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, walks out of a Manhattan courthouse after testifying before a grand jury, in New York, United States on March 15, 2023

Michael Cohen, former President Trump's ex-lawyer and fixer, in New York City in March. Photo: Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed to dismiss his $500 million lawsuit against ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen Thursday evening in a move the 2024 Republican primary front-runner's campaign said was a temporary measure as he fights other legal cases.

The big picture: Cohen's attorney Danya Perry noted in a statement after Trump's lawyers filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to have the matter voluntarily dismissed without prejudice that the former president was due to be deposed in the case on Monday.

A screenshot of a tweet by Danya Perry, Michael Cohen's attorney, saying: "Great news out of the Southern District of Florida tonight: Rather than let me depose him on Monday,  @realDonaldTrump  voluntarily dismissed his $500 million lawsuit against our client  @MichaelCohen212 ."
Photo: Danya Perry/X

What they're saying: Given Trump was required to "sit for deposition in a civil matter on Columbus Day," when he's scheduled to be in New Hampshire and as he battles "meritless claims" against him in New York, D.C., Florida, and Georgia, while also campaigning in the 2024 race, he "has decided to temporarily pause his meritorious claims" against Cohen, the spokesperson said.

  • "Once President Trump has prevailed in dealing with the witch hunts against him, he will continue to pursue his claims against Michael Cohen, who rightfully deserves to, and will be held accountable for his unlawful words and actions just as the Southern District of New York held him accountable for numerous non-Trump related acts and crimes, making Cohen a very 'proud' felon," the spokesperson added.

Context: Cohen was sentenced in December 2018 to three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges involving campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress. He was released in November 2021.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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