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One Year After Leaving Office, RNC Is Still Covering Trump’s Six Figure Legal Bills

One Year After Leaving Office, RNC Is Still Covering Trump’s Six Figure Legal Bills

More than a year after the 2020 presidential election, the GOP is still covering numerous legal bills for Donald Trump, and the high cost is getting under the thin skin of some longtime GOP donors who are now suddenly critical of Trump.

In October and November alone, the Republican National Committee (RNC) spent nearly $720,000 of its donor money on paying law firms representing Trump in various legal challenges, including criminal investigations into his businesses in New York, according to campaign finance records.

Trump’s legal bills have sent the Republican Party’s total legal expenditures soaring in recent months, resulting in $3 million spent just between September and November. In contrast, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been gradually winding down its legal expenses over the last few months.

National political parties have at times covered presidents and their advisers’ legal fees in matters related to their presidential campaigns. And throughout his time in his office, the Republican Party footed the legal bills for Trump, his family members, and his political allies, going all the way back to the days of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and through both of the impeachment proceedings, including the one following the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Experts say the GOP’s recent payments of Trump’s attorney fees after he left the White House, for investigations that are not relevant to the next presidential campaign, is a very unusual move that’s indicative of the ongoing influence that Trump still has over the party.

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RNC spokesperson Emma Vaughn told ABC News that the RNC’s executive committee approved paying for “certain legal expenses that related to politically motivated legal proceedings waged against President Trump,” while declining to comment on which specific cases are being paid for.

The RNC has so far paid three law firms on behalf of Trump, paying $328,000 to NechelesLaw LLP, $200,000 to van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin, and $172,000 to Fischetti & Malgieri LLP, according to its recent disclosure filings. The Washington Post reported that the RNC has agreed to pay up to $1.6 million of Trump’s legal bills.

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