Cohen sues Trump Organization for unpaid legal fees

Cohen sues Trump Organization for unpaid legal fees

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Cohen testifies Tuesday before the House Oversight Committee. (Photo: Pool feed)

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s fixer turned adversary, is suing the Trump Organization for $2 million in what he says are unpaid legal fees.

According to the lawsuit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court, the Trump Organization had initially agreed to pay for Cohen’s legal representation amid investigations into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

However, the suit states, the organization stopped paying once Cohen began cooperating with investigators.

Cohen’s attorneys noted that the former Trump confidant’s legal fees are continuing to mount.

The Trump Organization has not yet formally commented on the lawsuit.

President Donald Trump ignored a question on the matter Thursday.

Last November, Cohen pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress, acknowledging he misled lawmakers about a planned Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Six months earlier, Cohen pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations for payments he arranged for two women in exchange for their silence over alleged affairs with Trump. Cohen told prosecutors that he delivered the payments at the behest of the then-candidate.

On Dec. 12, 2018, a federal judge sentenced Cohen to three years in prison for his crimes and also fined him $2 million. Cohen was scheduled to report to federal prison on March 6 but a judge postponed the sentence to begin in May so that Cohen could would have more time to arrange testimony as well as recover from shoulder surgery.

Las month, Cohen appeared before the Government Oversight Committee, testifying that his former boss was a “racist,” “con man” and a “cheat.”

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