Michael Cohen's lawyer vows to subpoena Trump in fight over legal bills – CNBC

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen departs after testifying behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 26, 2019.

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The attorney for President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen vowed Friday to subpoena the president and his associates as Cohen seeks to prove Trump’s company reneged on a promise to pay his legal bills.

Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, made that promise a day after a state judge in Manhattan agreed to allow the imprisoned Cohen to gather evidence to support a claim in a lawsuit that the Trump Organization as a result of a promise by the company’s general counsel owes him more than $1 million in legal fees he incurred from legal proceedings and criminal investigations.

But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen said that the purported agreement, if it existed, would only apply to such probes “that were pending in July 2017, when the agreement allegedly was made.”

The judge said the Trump Organization would not be required to pay Michael Cohen’s criminal penalties and fines, which he incurred from investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

“It is not shocking that Mr. Trump welches on his legal commitments to pay what he owes. He has done that all his life and gotten away with it,” Davis said in a prepared statement.

“But, this time, Michael Cohen won’t relent,” Davis said. “He will now serve Mr. Trump and his associates with subpoenas for testimony. If Mr. Trump refuses to testify and thus violates the subpoena, Mr. Cohen should be entitled to receive a ‘default judgment’ against Mr. Trump for the full amount owed.”

“That means Mr. Cohen will have the right to attach and seize Mr. Trump’s assets to pay what Mr. Cohen is owed. And that is exactly what Mr. Cohen intends to do.”

Davis’ law firm and other firms that represented Cohen are owed almost $2 million by Cohen, according to his complaint against the Trump Organization.

Marc Mukasey, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, was dismissive of Davis’s statement.

“Read the judge’s opinion,” Mukasey told CNBC. “The bulk of Michael Cohen’s claims were rejected. No spin doctor can change that. We won this round. They lost. Period.”

Cohen, 53, is serving a three-year federal prison sentence for various crimes, which include campaign finance violations related to his admitted facilitation of nearly $300,000 in hush money payments to two women, porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claim to have had sexual affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

Trump denies having sex with either woman.

Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about details of a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

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Police footage from 2005 reportedly shows Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion littered with massage chairs and nude pictures of young women

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Police footage of Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion may offer some clues into the convicted sex offender’s lifestyle.

The video, which was shot during an October 20, 2005 police raid and recently obtained by Fox News, provides viewers with a walkthrough of the $12 million estate

Florida police opened up an investigation into Epstein based on a tip from a victim in 2005. Two years later, the financier worked out a deal with federal prosecutors, which held that he would register as a sex offender and serve 13 months in jail. This summer, Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking of minors. He died by suicide on August 10.

Business Insider previously reported that the 2005 footage appears to show a picture of Epstein and his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell posing in the White House, though the authenticity of the photo can’t be confirmed.

Read more: Jeffrey Epstein was accused of sex trafficking young girls on his mysterious private island. Over 40 years ago, a different millionaire escaped justice in a stunningly similar case.

The video also shows at least two massage tables in the residence. Epstein was accused of receiving sexual massages from underaged girls. The walls of the nine-bedroom abode appear to be decorated with explicit photos of young women and girls. According to the Daily Mail, police blurred out one graphic image of a girl around the age of six.

Also hanging on the wall was a picture of a baby and a skull, bearing quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Star Trek.”

This isn’t the only one of Epstein’s properties to come under scrutiny. Locals called his private island in the US Virgin Islands “Orgy Island.” The convicted sex offender’s Manhattan mansion contained a painting that depicted former President Bill Clinton — a former associate of Epstein’s — wearing a blue dress. And police in New Mexico were investigating Epstein’s $18 million Zorro Ranch, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported earlier in August.

SEE ALSO: Epstein took business calls while receiving sexual massages from trafficked women, lawsuit claims

READ MORE: A look inside Jeffrey Epstein’s real-estate portfolio, from the Florida and NYC mansions where sex trafficking reportedly took place to the private island in the Caribbean that was raided by the FBI

SEE ALSO: Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Orgy Island’ is becoming a tourist attraction in the Caribbean — here’s what the curious visitors are able to see

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