Michael Cohen has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization in New York Supreme Court on Thursday for millions of dollars in legal fees and costs he has incurred including “multiple congressional hearings” and costs related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Cohen, who is slated to report to prison to serve three years in May, worked for the organization for more than a decade as an attorney. In his suit, he claimed the company violated an agreement that it would compensate him for his work related to the organization and its officers, Brooke Singman at Fox News reports.
“This action arises from the Trump Organization’s failure to meet its indemnification obligations under a contractual agreement between the Trump Organization and Mr. Cohen, pursuant to which the Trump Organization agreed to indemnify Mr. Cohen and to pay attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by Mr. Cohen in connection with various matters arising from Mr. Cohen’s work with and on behalf of the Organization and its principals, directors, and officers,” Cohen’s attorneys wrote in a court filing Thursday. “These matters included multiple congressional hearings, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, and others.”
They added that Cohen has “incurred millions of dollars in unreimbursed attorneys’ fees and costs” in addition to other amounts, which he “continues to incur … in connection with various ongoing investigations and litigation.”
The lawsuit comes as Cohen, on the heels of his explosive testimony to Congress last week, prepares to report to prison for his sentence related to bank and tax fraud charges, campaign-finance violations and more.
Cohen’s attorneys claimed that the Trump Organization initially honored its agreement through at least May of 2018. According to the court filing, by Jan. 25, 2019, Cohen’s balance of unreimbursed attorneys’ fees and other costs incurred in connection with Cohen’s work “exceeded $1.9 million.” Cohen’s attorneys said he continues to accrue legal fees and costs.
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The lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan, is likely to fuel an already-bitter dispute between Cohen and his former boss. At a congressional hearing on Feb. 27, Cohen accused Trump of several crimes and called him a “racist” and “conman.”
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Dec. 12 after pleading guilty to charges in the special counsel’s investigation and in federal court in Manhattan. The most serious charges that Cohen pleaded guilty to stemmed from a taxi medallion business he operated separately from his Trump work.
But Cohen also pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions in the form of a $130,000 hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump.
Cohen paid Daniels out of his personal account and was later paid back by Trump and executives at Trump Organization.
Trump claimed on Twitter on Thursday that the payments to Daniels were personal expenses and not campaign-related.
It was not a campaign contribution, and there were no violations of the campaign finance laws by me. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2019