NEW YORK – The Trump Organization does not need to pay millions of dollars in legal fees for former Trump fixer and attorney Michael Cohen, a New York judge ruled on Friday.
Michael Cohen was suing the Trump Organization for failing to keep his promise to pay legal fees resulting from his job. But the judge said Cohen failed to prove the expenses he incurred in the course of a criminal investigation and other lawsuits related to conduct as an employee of the Trump Organization.
According to Cohen’s 2019 complaint, alleged non-reimbursements included $ 1.9 million in legal fees and another $ 1.9 million related to Cohen’s criminal case.
“Simply put, Mr. Cohen’s attorney fees stem from his (sometimes illegal) service to Mr. Trump personally, Mr. Trump’s campaign, and the Trump Foundation, but not from his service to the affairs of the Trump Organization,” the judge said in the filing.
The Trump Organization was the only defendant in Cohen’s lawsuit.
In a Twitter statement, Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis described the decision as “unfair.”
Cohen, a longtime employee of the company and Trump, became a critic of the former US president and testified that Trump had ordered him to break the law. In 2018, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison for his role in making illegal cash payments to women to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign and for lying to Congress about a Trump project in Russia.