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Politics A legal defense fund is reportedly in progress to pay for Trump team lawyers

01:06  10 september  2017
01:06  10 september  2017 Source:   theweek.com

Trump's legal team reportedly told investigators that Trump did not obstruct justice by firing James Comey

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The fund will allow third parties to cover hefty legal bills for the Trump team members under scrutiny, The Daily Beast reports, citing unnamed officials close to the White House and Mueller's probe. The lawyers selected "will likely bill between 0 and ,000 per hour."

The prospect of hiring defense lawyers was probably a consideration for Trump to launch his re-election campaign on day one of his administration. But a grand an hour for lawyers is going to seriously eat away her take home pay .

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Following the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller intends to interview high-ranking current and former White House staff as part of his investigation into Russian election meddling, a legal defense fund is reportedly being created to offset the cost of retaining high-dollar attorneys such as the lawyer White House communications director Hope Hicks has hired.

The fund will allow third parties to cover hefty legal bills for the Trump team members under scrutiny, The Daily Beast reports, citing unnamed officials close to the White House and Mueller's probe. The lawyers selected "will likely bill between $500 and $1000 per hour."

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into Russian election meddling, a legal defense fund is reportedly being created to offset the cost of retaining high-dollar attorneys such as the lawyer White House The fund will allow third parties to cover hefty legal bills for the Trump team members under scrutiny, The Daily Beast reports, citing

People close to Trump were reportedly pestering the party to cover the increasingly hefty legal fees The RNC has also paid nearly 0,000 for Trump Jr.’s lawyers . “I cannot recall any other instance in which a president has utilized RNC funds for any legal defense expenses,” Ryan said.

Hicks' lawyer is reported to be Robert Trout of Trout Cacheris & Janis, a Washington, D.C., firm. The communications director has worked with President Trump since his pre-campaign days and is among his most trusted staffers. She is known for keeping a low public profile, but has come to Mueller's attention — along with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and several other current advisers — because she was present during key events, like the crafting of Trump's misleading statement about the meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer before the election.

Exclusive: Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe .
<p>U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, according to two people familiar with the matter.</p>The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows the use of private campaign funds to pay legal bills arising from being a candidate or elected official.

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