Donald Trump spent Wednesday playing golf before his scheduled trip to New York to be dismissed in a $250 million business fraud lawsuit brought against him, and he also brought his case against his former attorney Michael Cohen.
The former president went through a range of emotions when he played a round at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, where he appeared to try to putt his golf ball at one point, then raised his hands above his head and looked frustrated after he took over. Shot.
Golf was part of a busy Wednesday for Trump as his lawyers filed a $500 million lawsuit against Cohen in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the former president prepared to defend his business practices in a legal battle with the New York attorney general.
He drove himself on his golf cart, which he prefers. His Secret Service security guard was nearby.
Donald Trump is seen at his West Palm Beach golf club
He wore a red baseball cap with his signature “Make America Great Again” with the number 45 stitched on the side. Trump was the forty-fifth president of the United States.
Golf is one of the former president’s favorite hobbies and he plays golf regularly.
However, on Wednesday he also sued Cohen, his one-time assistant, for breach of the attorney-client relationship, for breach of the attorney-client relationship, wrongful enrichment, diversion and breach of contract, according to the 32-page suit filed in court. .
Trump is asking for the amount of compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial, but his attorneys have indicated that it is “expected to significantly exceed five hundred million dollars ($500 million)”.
Trump’s legal team argued that Cohen violated his attorney-client relationship with the former president “by exposing the plaintiff’s confidence and spreading lies about the plaintiff, potentially embarrassing or harmful.” and that Cohen was ‘spreading lies about the plaintiff with malicious intent and wholly self-serving ends.
Cohen testified in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and in the Stormy Daniels case. In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to arranging hush payments to the porn star, but said Trump directed them.
The former president got a ride before he was expected to head to New York
Trump is due to be impeached on Thursday in a case involving his business empire
Trump’s suit also says Cohen defamed the former president by “publishing two books, a podcast series, and countless appearances in mainstream media.”
Cohen worked for Trump from 2006 to 2018 both at his Trump Organization and as a private attorney. In 2018, he was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
Later on Wednesday, Trump is scheduled to make his first trip to New York since his conviction on charges related to making hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels. Pled not guilty.
But he will be impeached on Thursday in another case, this one involving his business empire.
New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump, three of his adult children, and the Trump Organization last September, after a three-year investigation.
It accuses them of misleading banks and others by providing false financial statements on the value of its assets, including the golf clubs and hotels that bear his name.
James is seeking $250 million and a ban on Trump and his adult children from doing business in the state again.
Trump is expected to face grilling at James’ office in lower Manhattan. He attacked the attorney general, a Democrat, for conducting a “politically motivated witch-hunt.”
Trump sued his former attorney Michael Cohen (left) for $500 million. Trump will be impeached in New York Attorney General Letitia James (R)’s lawsuit against his business empire
Trump takes a shot at his golf course on Wednesday
The former president enjoys golf and often plays at his Trump property
He and his attorneys tried to have the case dismissed on the grounds that, as a Republican, he was being “discriminated and subjected to selective treatment” by James.
Case judge Arthur Engoron denied the former president’s move and ordered him to stand trial. Engoron also rejected a separate attempt by Ivanka Trump, who is named in the lawsuit, to dismiss the charges against her.
Trump had previously sat for deposition in James’ office last August, just weeks before she filed her lawsuit. At the time, he refused to answer questions and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination more than 400 times.
Angoron set a trial date for October 2, shortly before the start of the Republican presidential primaries.
He agreed to allow more time for lawyers to review evidence, interview witnesses and file motions. Trump’s candidacy is part of that process.
Donald Trump on his golf course
Donald Trump’s motorcade makes its way through a rainy Palm Beach
Donald Trump in a box
Donald Trump drives his golf cart but is followed by the Secret Service
In addition to James and the silent money case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Trump faces a third legal case in New York: a civil lawsuit stemming from allegations by columnist Jean Carroll that he raped her in a dressing room in a New York department store. The nineties. Trump denied the charge.
The trial is scheduled to begin April 25 in Manhattan federal court.