Michael D. Cohen, Donald J. Trump’s longtime fixer who was set to go to trial next week against his former boss’s firm in a dispute over legal fees, is expected to settle his lawsuit with the Trump Organization, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Mr. Cohen’s lawsuit, filed in 2019, accused the Trump Organization of failing to meet the terms of an agreement and refusing to pay more than $1 million in legal fees. Jury selection for the trial began earlier this week, and opening arguments were scheduled for Monday.

The proposed settlement, which has not been finalized and the terms of which will be confidential, is likely to become public at a court hearing Friday morning. A separate lawsuit Mr. Trump filed against Mr. Cohen in Florida federal court remains active, and Mr. Cohen is still expected to be the star witness against the former president in a Manhattan criminal trial next year.

Mr. Cohen declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mr. Cohen argued that the Trump Organization had agreed, verbally and in writing, to cover any legal fees he incurred during multiple congressional hearings and investigations in 2017 and 2018, including the criminal investigation conducted by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. Cohen said the Trump Organization initially paid these bills but stopped payments after he agreed to cooperate in the investigations.

Mr Cohen was once a close ally of Mr Trump – a trusted lieutenant whose job it became to clean up his boss’ messes. One such situation occurred during the 2016 election, when Mr. Cohen learned that a porn star, Stormy Daniels, had sought to sell a story about having sex with Mr. Trump years earlier.

Shortly thereafter, Mr. Cohen paid Ms. Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet. Over the next year, Mr. Trump repaid Mr. Cohen in installments, which are now the subject of the Manhattan prosecutor’s criminal case against the former president.

In 2018, as part of a federal investigation into the hush money payment, FBI agents searched Mr. Cohen’s home, office and hotel where his family was staying. The legal pressure strained his relationship with Mr. Trump, and the men had a falling out. In August of that year, Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including some related to the hush money payment, and a few months later, he cemented his role as a Trump antagonist when he testified about the then-president in a high-profile congressional hearing.

Mr. Cohen has been a thorn in Mr. Trump’s side ever since. He is a key witness for the Manhattan prosecutor, Alvin L. Bragg, who charged the former president with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to the repayments to Mr. Cohen. In April, Mr Trump filed his own lawsuit against Mr Cohen, accusing the former fixer of betraying his trusts and “spreading falsehoods about him”. That lawsuit, filed in federal court in Florida, was not part of the settlement negotiations.

Although the arrangement between Mr. Cohen and the Trump Organization will eliminate the planned trial, Mr. Trump has no shortage of legal engagements on his calendar. A lawsuit filed against him by the New York attorney general is scheduled to go to trial in October, and the criminal trial related to the hush money payments is set for March next year. There are also two civil trials scheduled for January, including a second trial over whether he defamed writer E. Jean Carroll.

Mr Trump has also been indicted by federal prosecutors for his handling of sensitive material and for obstructing their investigation. On Friday, the judge in that case scheduled a trial date for May 2024. And two more possible charges loom over Mr. Trump: one from federal prosecutors related to the actions of the former president before the January 2021 attack on the Capitol and one from Georgia district attorney, Fani Willis, related to possible election interference in the state.

Mr. Trump was not expected to appear in Manhattan in the trial stemming from Mr. Cohen’s trial. But the settlement prevents a legal battle between Mr. Cohen and the son of former President Donald Trump Jr., whom Mr. Cohen called earlier this month to testify about his approval of legal fees in his capacity as executive vice president for the Trump Organization. He was expected to take the stand early next week.

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