Following former President Trump’s recorded deposition in the E. Jean Carroll sexual battery and defamation case, Trump is likely going to face another court proceeding that will require him to answer questions under oath.
A discovery hearing is scheduled to take place in federal court in Miami Wednesday, as part of the $500 million lawsuit filed by Trump against his former longtime fixer and lawyer, Michael Cohen. Some have stated that Trump is likely to be subpoenaed to testify in this case and that as the plaintiff he will be legally required to give a deposition.
In the lawsuit, Trump has accused Cohen of not only defaming him but also breaching a confidentiality agreement through his book release and multiple media appearances. However, Cohen’s side has widely dismissed the case, claiming that Trump has filed it in retaliation and that the lawsuit has passed the statute of limitations.
Danya Perry, Cohen’s lawyer has also claimed that her client’s personal statements were protected speech and that they would not be considered to be in violation of any confidentiality agreement, as they pertain to Trump’s character and not to any business matters handled by Cohen for the Trump organization during his time of employment.
Cohen has also alleged that Trump was trying to use the court as a weapon, which is standard practice for Trump who has “abuse(d) the legal system out of retaliation.”
This year Trump and his lawyers were fined $1 million by a judge who claimed that they had been filing multiple frivolous cases that aligned with their political efforts.