Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sues The Trump Organization over ‘unpaid legal fees’ | US News


Donald Trump’s former lawyer is suing The Trump Organization, accusing it of failing to cover legal fees and costs he incurred while working for the firm.

In documents filed in a New York court, Michael Cohen said the business – run by the US president from 1971 to 2017 – refused to pay him after it became clear he would cooperate with investigations into his work for the group.

He claims the business failed to pay almost $2m (£1.5m).

The lawsuit, which seeks damages on Cohen’s behalf, alleges a breach of contract following investigations related to Mr Trump’s business affairs in Russia and alleged attempts to silence women with embarrassing stories about his private life.

The Trump Organization has not yet responded to news agency requests for comment.

The US president responds to his former lawyer's testimony in front of Congress.
The president branded Cohen a ‘serial liar’ last week

According to the documents, the company stopped paying Cohen about two months after the FBI raided his home and office.

He pleaded guilty in August to tax crimes, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

The lawsuit said that as part of his work for the billionaire tycoon, the company agreed to pay him for his company-related work.

It said the firm had initially honoured its promise, as it footed the bill for more than $1.7m (£1.3m) in Cohen’s fees.

In the spring of 2017, Cohen hired law firm McDermott Will & Emery after he was made a “person of interest” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Mr Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

‘Trump is racist, conman and cheat’

The firm withdrew from Cohen’s case soon after The Trump Organization allegedly stopped paying his bills. The lawsuit says the withdrawal “prejudiced” Cohen’s ability to respond to the investigation.

As well as the $1.9m (£1.45m) in legal fees Cohen is seeking, the lawsuit also wants the firm to pay the $1.9m he was ordered to give up as part of his criminal sentence.

The lawsuit says Cohen’s sentence arose from conduct undertaken under The Trump Organization “and its principals, directors, and officers”.

Cohen was one of the US leader’s lawyers and closest advisers for about a decade until they fell out publicly last year.

He met with federal prosecutors and the office of Mr Mueller and told them he lied to Congress to protect the president and paid off two women to keep them from speaking out about alleged affairs with Mr Trump.

Last week, Cohen told Congress Mr Trump was a “racist” and a “conman”. The president later hit back, calling Cohen a “rat” and a “serial liar”.

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