While Special Counsel Jack Smith's indictment of former President Donald Trump dominates the headlines, the 45th president is still locked in an ongoing legal battle with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz recently praised Trump's legal defense team for filing a $500 million lawsuit against Trump's former lawyer and "fixer" Michael Cohen in April of this year, as Politico reported at the time.
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Dershowitz explained why he believes the lawsuit was a brilliant legal move by Trump's lawyers.
"Good move. Good move. First of all, lawyers should not be violating lawyer-client privilege, number one. Number two, he gets a discovery if he survives a motion to dismiss, and he is going to be able to find out things the government wouldn’t turn over to him in a criminal trial," Dershowitz said in an interview.
The law professor added: "So I think it’s a very smart move to go after Trump."
He added: "It’s very hard these days to hide things forever. With the internet, with social media, if you get the right people, you can get things that people think they have hidden. So, I’m glad we are going to get to the bottom of this. Look transparency is essential. If people have nothing to hide, they shouldn’t be worried."
In the lawsuit, Trump claimed Cohen violated attorney-client privilege, "with malicious intent and to wholly self-serving ends."
It added: "Defendant derived a significant benefit, to Plaintiff’s detriment and at Plaintiff’s expense, as a direct result of his breach of fiduciary duty, including, without limitation, realization of substantial monetary gain in the form of compensation, advances, royalties, proceeds and/or profits received for his role in the writing, publication, promotion, and/or sale of the Books."
As many legal experts and pundits have pointed out, Cohen has quickly become more of a thorn in Bragg's leg than presumably anticipated.
A supervising detective assisting Bragg in the Trump indictment was recently suspended for his contact with Cohen.
Trump has long argued that he did nothing wrong in the hush money-related case.
As with the other legal challenges he's facing, including a recently revealed federal indictment over the classified records probe, Trump and his supporters are certain that it's nothing more than an ongoing political witchhunt.
While Trump faces legal battles on all fronts, it's clear that he has some of the sharpest attorneys in the defense world, and they're pulling out all the stops to ensure their client doesn't get caught up.