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Trump Using RNC And Campaign Funds To Pay Mounting Legal Bills In Russia Probe: Report

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Trump Using RNC And Campaign Funds To Pay Mounting Legal Bills In Russia Probe: Report




President Trump is reportedly using money from his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) to pay for legal costs related to the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a new report by Reuters.

Payments from the RNC of unknown amounts have already been made and would be disclosed on federal election forms according to the Tuesday report.

The report also claims that the president has already used money from his campaign coffers to pay for lawyer costs associated with Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

The Hill notes:

Lawmakers and political officials can use their campaign accounts to pay for attorneys, as long as it stems from any work related to being a public official. In one example, a judge last year ruled that former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) could not use his campaign funds to pay to defend the allegations he had solicited sex in an airport bathroom.

The Republican National Committee is expected to make its August spending public on Wednesday. The Trump campaign is due for another financial disclosure on Oct. 15.




John Dowd, Trump’s lead lawyer, declined to comment on how the president’s legal bills were being paid. However, he did tell Reuters: “That’s none of your business.”

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