BRENTWOOD - President Trump’s former campaign manager is being accused of a pattern of delay and harassment as legal wrangling continues in a property dispute with his Windham neighbors.
The latest accusations against Corey Lewandowski are outlined in a motion asking a Rockingham County Superior Court judge to order him to sit down for a deposition in the civil suit he filed last year against Glenn and Irene Schwartz of Windham.
Kenneth Murphy, the attorney for the Schwartzes, claim they’ve made several attempts to depose Lewandowski, but that he’s been unavailable for a variety of reasons.
“The defendants have been attempting to take deposition of Corey Lewandowski for many months,” Murphy wrote in the motion.
Lewandowski, a frequent Fox News guest who recently joined Vice President Mike Pence’s political action committee to assist with mid-term elections, filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Schwartzes last year over the construction of a large garage on property near his home on Emerson Road in Windham.
The dispute involves an easement on the Schwartz property that Lewandowski has been using to access the property where he was building the garage, which is located near his residence.
Lewandowski is allowed to use the easement, but the Schwartzes claim he used it beyond what was intended. They filed a counter suit.
In their latest motion, the Schwartzes allege Lewandowski threatened them with an expensive and extended lawsuit in 2015 and that in May 2017 told them during a phone call that “if they did not cooperate with him, he would sue and become the defendants’ worst nightmare and eventually break them and tie them up in court indefinitely at great cost and harm.”
They also claim that Irene Schwartz heard Lewandowski make a comment on June 15 that “he was going to buy her house for 10 cents on the dollar when they cannot afford to stay in court anymore.”
The motion asks the court to force Lewandowski to be deposed on Aug. 14 and pay their attorney’s fees and other costs related to the case.
Lewandowski denies the allegations.
His attorney, William Sullivan Jr., has asked the court to deny the motion to compel Lewandowski’s deposition.
“At no time has there been undue delay with regard to his being deposed. Since June 2, 2018, plaintiff’s counsel has been involved in medical procedures of an emergency nature for a family member and has related this to defense counsel with as much particularity as privacy entails,” Sullivan wrote in his response.
He also noted Lewandowski’s busy schedule.
“Due to the nature of plaintiff’s work schedule, as well as his job responsibilities as assistant to the Vice President of the United States of America, his schedule is very difficult to count on and plaintiff Lewandowski has made every effort to be available,” the response said.
Sullivan said Lewandowski wouldn’t be available until after Aug. 21.