A New York judge has tossed Michael Cohen’s long-running lawsuit against the Trump Organization, taking former-President Trump’s family company off the hook for his former attorney’s over $1.9 million legal fees.
Judge Joel M. Cohen ruled Friday that Cohen’s breach of contract lawsuit against the company, filed in March 2019 after the former “fixer” pleaded guilty to tax evasion and other crimes, cannot go forward.
Cohen — no relation to the judge — had originally sought restitution for the legal bills racked up as special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees investigated his onetime boss.
“Mr. Cohen’s legal fees arise out of his (sometimes unlawful) service to Mr. Trump personally, to Mr. Trump’s campaign, and to the Trump Foundation, but not out of his service to the business of the Trump Organization, which is the only defendant in this case,” the judge wrote.
“Unfair and asking for everyone’s assistance,” Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis tweeted in response to the ruling — with a plug for his client’s GoFundMe campaign, which has raised less than half of its $500,000 goal.
The Trump Organization issued a statement calling the ruling “incredible victory” — and threatened a countersuit over Cohen’s “despicable conduct.”
Cohen has been spotted in recent weeks hanging out with Kanye West on the Upper East Side — despite still nominally being under house arrest for his 2018 conviction.