Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, who accused the former president’s organization of failing to pay millions of dollars worth of legal fees, has reached a settlement with the Trump Organization, Reuters reported on Friday.
Michael Cohen, once a personal lawyer and advisor Donald Trumpreached a settlement with the Trump Organization, which he accused of failing to cover the several million dollars in legal fees he incurred in connection with his work for the former president USA.
Lawyers for both sides revealed the settlement on Friday during a hearing in New York state court in Manhattan, three days before the trial was scheduled to begin.
The terms of the settlement have not been made public. Cohen and a Trump Organization lawyer said the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.”
Cohen – once a staunch supporter of Trump – is now a vocal critic of him. His 2020 memoir “Disloyal” was a New York Times bestseller. He claimed the Trump Organization waived permission to pay his bills after he began cooperating with investigators who investigated his work for the former president.
The investigations included alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s attempts to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with him.
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Cohen sued Trump in March 2019 to recover nearly $2 million in fees and another $2 million he was ordered to pay in one of the criminal cases. Fees continued to rise, and the Trump Organization paid only part of that money, according to court documents obtained by Reuters.
Despite the plea deal, Cohen is expected to be the key witness against Trump in the criminal trial, which is scheduled for March 2024. This case concerns payments made by Cohen to porn star Stroma Daniels to silence her ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen is also seeking to dismiss Trump’s $500 million lawsuit in federal court in Florida. In this case, Trump accused Cohen of violating the ethical principles governing the conduct of lawyers by disclosing “private messages” and “spreading lies” in books and in the media.
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