Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization, alleging the company didn’t pay his legal fees like they promised.
According to the lawsuit, the Trump Organization stopped paying Cohen’s legal fees after he started cooperating with federal prosecutors in their investigations related to Trump’s business dealings in Russia and attempts to quiet women about humiliating stories about his personal life.
“When it was publicly reported that I might be cooperating with prosecutors, the Trump Organization breached its agreement and stopped paying fees and costs,” Cohen said.
Cohen hired the law firm McDermott Will & Emery in 2017 when it became clear that he was a person of interest in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The firm dropped his case last spring after the Trump Organization stopped paying his legal fees.
Cohen pleaded guilty to tax crimes, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations in August. He’s expected to serve three years in prison.
Cohen says that the Trump Organization owes him $1.9 million in unpaid legal fees. He claims that they should additionally pay the $1.9 million he was ordered to forfeit, “as part of his criminal sentence arising from conduct undertaken by Mr. Cohen in furtherance of and at the behest of the Trump Organization and its principals, directors, and officers.”
Cohen also alleges that the Trump Organization hasn’t been paying Lanny Davis, an attorney who served as an advisor and spokesman for Cohen over the past several months.
So he’s doing all this work for nothing?” U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., asked Cohen during his daylong testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. “Yes, sir,” Cohen said.