Former President Donald Trump’s ex-attorney, Michael Cohen, was recently dealt a blow in federal court after losing his bid to revive his lawsuit against the former president, who he alleges retaliated against him for promoting his memoir that criticizes Trump.
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On Jan. 2, 2024, a federal appeals court ruled that Cohen’s case was void as the former Trump attorney tried to resurrect his claims that the former president “used his presidential powers” to imprison him for promoting his tell-all book that criticizes Trump.
Cohen was sentenced to prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws. The former attorney began writing his memoir while behind bars, outlining his interactions with Trump.
In May 2020, as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on prison populations, Cohen was released from his cell.
Months later, Cohen was sentenced to prison again after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against him regarding his conversations with media personalities to promote his book while confined in his home.
The ex-Trump attorney initially complained about the conditions while behind bars, noting that temperatures often exceeded “100 degrees” and that he experienced shortness of breath, headaches and anxiety.
In July 2020, a federal judge ruled that Cohen would be placed on house arrest instead of serving in the general prison population.
Cohen’s book, “Disloyal: A Memoir,” garnered the attention of many when it was first published. The former attorney tried to bring back his accusations against Trump in court, but the complaint was dismissed again by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis J. Liman, previously appointed by the former president.
In his ruling, Liman said that Cohen failed to bring forth an adequate argument to allege that Trump violated the Constitution using his presidential authority.
In a statement to Fox News, Cohen said he would be appealing Liman’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
One of the former president’s attorneys, Aina Habba, celebrated Liman’s decision.
“We are very pleased with today’s ruling. Mr. Cohen’s lawsuit was doomed from its inception. We will continue to fight against any frivolous suit aimed at our client,” Habba said.