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Judge Issues Emergency Order In Cohen Lawsuit, Trump Must Testify

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A federal judge has issued an emergency order in a case brought former President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen.

Chief Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres of the Southern District of Florida late Friday updated a legal filing by Trump in which he is counter-suing Cohen for allegedly violating an employee agreement by going public with certain details about their business dealings, Raw Story reported.

“It goes on to claim that Cohen both lied about Trump and revealed his secrets despite their attorney-client privilege. Trump also alleges a breach of contract,” the report said. “The lawsuit demands the $74,000 Trump claims he paid Cohen for a ‘business expenditure’ that he said was ‘fraudulently misrepresented’ and then demands $500 million in damages.”

The former Trump attorney had originally sued the Trump Organization for unpaid legal fees, settling the case for $1 million.

In June Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was hit with another bombshell damaging his already weak case against former President Donald Trump.

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Law enforcement sources revealed a “supervising detective” assisting Bragg’s case against Trump has been suspended for his contact with Michael Cohen, who previously served as Trump’s lawyer and has become adversarial to the 45th president.

“Jeremy Rosenberg, who investigates financial crimes for Bragg, had his gun removed recently for his interactions with Cohen, the sources claimed. A law enforcement source said Bragg’s office is looking at how Rosenberg shared communications about Cohen with the office,” New York Post reported.

“Rosenberg also assisted in the prosecution of Steve Bannon in the alleged $15 million border-wall fundraising scam, for which Trump pardoned him. He did not return a call for comment.”

“The office is conducting a review of an investigator’s compliance with internal office protocols,” a Bragg spokeswoman said.

Cohen’s attorney, Lanny J. Davis said: “The interactions between Mr. Rosenberg, Michael Cohen, and myself were always professional and focused on Mr. Cohen’s personal security, which we appreciated.”

Former President Trump’s attorneys have made a massive play in the Manhattan hush money case that will get the attention of District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

They have filed a motion for a new judge to be appointed because they do not believe the current one can be impartial, Just Thew News reported.

“Trump’s attorneys submitted a filing to the court pointing to Judge Juan Merchan’s past role in a previous case in which he encouraged former Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg to cooperate against the former president, before noting the political and financial interest of the judge’s daughter in the case’s outcome,” the report said.

“Merchan’s daughter works for Authentic Strategies, a left-wing advertising group that Trump’s attorneys say stands to make money on the case, according to The Hill. The attorneys noted that the case’s outcome will likely affect political messaging during the 2024 electoral cycle and shape the ways Authentic works with its clients,” the outlet added.

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The filing also asks the judge to explain “what appear to be certain political contributions made by [Merchan] to candidate Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign and other political causes so that the defense can assess whether these donations separately warrant [the judge’s] recusal.”

According to records from the Federal Election Commission, a person named Juan Merchan, who is an employee of the New York court system, made political contributions totaling $35 in 2020. Out of that amount, $15 was donated to President Joe Biden’s campaign, Just the News noted.

“This case before this Court is historic and it is important that the People of the State of New York and this nation have confidence that the jurist who presides over it is impartial. Most respectfully, the foregoing facts compel the conclusion that Your Honor is not and thus should recuse,” the attorneys said.

Bragg on Tuesday moved to oppose an attempt by Trump’s attorneys to move his hush-money case to federal court. Trump’s lawyers argued late last month that the case cannot be tried in a state court because the alleged violations took place while he was president, making them a federal matter.

In court documents filed Tuesday, prosecutors in Manhattan argued that the case should remain with the state court because the former president’s “alleged criminal conduct had no connection to his official duties and responsibilities as President, but instead arose from his unofficial actions relating to his private businesses and pre-election conduct.”

A Manhattan grand jury indicted Trump on 34 criminal charges of falsifying business records related to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

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