President Trump’s campaign spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to pay legal bills to a law firm representing Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, ABC News reported Friday.
According to campaign finance records, the president’s re-election campaign made two payments to the firm, Winston & Strawn LLP – $55,330 and $42,574. Sources with knowledge of the payments told the outlet that the payments to Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, were for legal fees.
According to ABC News:
“Low dollar” contributions – $200 or less – made up 98.5 percent of the total funds raised by the Trump campaign in the last quarter of 2018, a consistent trend throughout the year, according to a press release by the campaign, along with the latest campaign finance filings.
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka, is a real estate scion who earned more than $1.7 million in income in 2015, the year before he joined his wife’s family to work in the White House, according to a New York Times review of confidential financial documents published in October. His net worth has been estimated at more than $300 million.
One source familiar with the reimbursements told ABC News that near the end of 2018, the campaign covered legal expenses for several former senior staff members who had testified before congressional committees. The House intelligence committee had afforded each person who testified the chance to have a lawyer review a transcript of their testimony as part of a plan to eventually see the transcripts made public.
The Trump campaign has spent more than $6.7 million in legal fees for past and present associates within the past two years, ABC News reported.
The campaign spent more than $276,000 to cover some of legal bills for Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, between October 2017 and April 2018. Cohen was in a joint defense agreement with Trump, the outlet noted. More than $173,000 was paid to the law firm representing former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and more than $101,000 went to the firm representing Trump’s security team.