RNC spokesperson Cassie Smedile confirmed to Reuters that Trump’s lead lawyer, John Dowd, received $100,000 from the RNC and that the RNC also paid $131,250 to the Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy Group, the law firm where Jay Sekulow, another of Trump’s lawyers, is a partner. The RNC is scheduled to disclose its August spending on Wednesday. The Trump campaign is due for a disclosure on Oct. 15.
Federal election laws allow politicians without public financing to tap into election war chests for legal issues surrounding their candidacies, though experts say Trump will be the first president in modern history to use the funds for a criminal probe. The Republican National Committee spent more than $230,000 for Trump lawyers Jay Sekulow, who received $131,250, and John Dowd, who received $100,000, according to CNN.
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A spokesperson for the RNC declined to comment, but said the committee has already paid unspecified, non-Russia related litigation expenses for the campaign. The RNC has an existing legal defense fund which has been used mainly for Election Day recounts and other routine legal matters for candidates, the spokesperson said.
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Mueller is looking into Russian interference in the election and whether Trump campaign officials colluded. He’s also looking into whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was at that time spearheading the Russia probe. The president’s re-election committee also paid $50,000 to the law firm of attorney Alan Futerfas, who is representing Donald Trump Jr. in the investigations.
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Here is more from twitter on this story.
The RNC has spent almost $200,000 on Donald Trump Jr.'s legal fees in connection with Russia probe https://t.co/Aq7YhjDtls
— TIME (@TIME) September 20, 2017
[Person with asthma]
TRUMP: You should pay more
[Legal fees in Russia probe]
TRUMP: (*reaches into giant pile of somebody else's money*) https://t.co/EQSbUYxSHM
— Daniel Lin (@danwlin) September 20, 2017
Important thing for people following Trump/Russia stuff to remember: We aren't getting information on the Mueller probe in real time
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) September 20, 2017
Reuters: Trump is using campaign and RNC funds to pay his Russia probe legal bills. https://t.co/SFXdF1dfKq
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 19, 2017
OMG. Trump is using campaign donations & RNC funds to pay legal bills from the Russia investigation! https://t.co/Zkc0FdwjUh
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) September 19, 2017
RNC has spent $230K to cover Trump's legal fees in Russia Probe. GOP protecting, enabling & funding a criminal. Vote them ALL out next year!
— Ryan Knight #BanAssaultWeapons (@ProudResister) September 19, 2017
The RNC has also paid nearly $200,000 of Donald Trump Jr.’s legal bills. Of that, $166,527.50 was given to Alan Futerfas, who is representing Trump Jr., and $30,102.90 to the law firm Williams & Jensen this month. These payments will appear on the RNC’s September disclosure. All legal fees were covered by the RNC’s legal defense fund, which is financed separately from the political operation, mostly by wealthy donors.