Trump campaign legal bills topped $1 million last quarter

Lester Mason
October 16, 2017

President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign shelled out over one million dollars in legal fees between July and the end of September, according to the latest fundraising reports filed quarterly with the Federal Election Commission.

That payment came in addition to $50,000 paid the previous quarter to the same lawyer.

The campaign paid more than $800,000 to the Jones Day law firm, which represents the campaign.

The Trump committee's payments included $237,924 to Alan Futerfas, a NY defense lawyer who is representing Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump Organization employees in the Russian Federation probes.

His campaign paid $237,924 to lawyer Alan Futerfas, the man representing Donald Trump matters related to the campaign's involvement with Russian interference in the United States election.

The $1.1 million the campaign spent on lawyers during the third quarter of the year is almost double what the president's fundraising committee spent on legal fees during the previous three-month period, campaign reports filed Sunday show.

The Trump campaign's growing legal bills account for more than a quarter of the almost $4.1 million it spent during the July-to-September quarter. Under this agreement, three new accounts were created to allow party committees to accept even larger checks from major donors. The RNC and the campaign are helping the Trump family and employees pay legal fees incurred by the various investigations, which is permitted under federal law as long as the costs are related to campaign activity. The campaign raised $10.1 million during that period, surpassing the previous quarter's almost $8 million haul. Sunday's campaign report shows that donors' money is spent at Trump properties, too.

Last month, Senate investigators probed Donald Trump Jr. about his 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney. Neither the White House nor the Trump Organization responded immediately to requests for comment Sunday. During the session, he was asked for details about a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who reportedly promised to provide negative information about Hillary Clinton, his father's Democratic opponent.

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