Trump’s le­gal fees ris­ing along with in­quiries

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - Fre­dreka Schouten and Christo­pher Sch­naars

Pres­i­dent Trump al­ready has stock­piled nearly $ 12 mil­lion for his 2020 re- elec­tion cam­paign, but his spend­ing on le­gal ex­penses is soar­ing as his ad­min­is­tra­tion deals with a rapidly ex­pand­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble col­lu­sion be­tween his cam­paign and the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment, doc­u­ments re­leased Satur­day af­ter­noon show.

Trump’s cam­paign racked up more than $ 677,000 in “le­gal con­sult­ing” fees be­tween April and June, more than twice the $ 249,000 he spent on le­gal bills dur­ing the first three months of his pres­i­dency, newly filed Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion re­ports show.

Most of the le­gal ex­penses were tied to his long­time elec­tion law firm, Jones Day.

But the fil­ings also show a nearly $ 90,000 pay­ment for le­gal ex­penses to his com­pany, the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion, and $ 50,000 pay­ment on June 27 to the law firm of Alan Futer­fas, the New York- based crim­i­nal at­tor­ney now rep­re­sent­ing Don­ald Trump Jr.

The younger Trump is fac­ing in­creased scru­tiny over rev­e­la­tions that he met a Rus­sian lawyer in the heat of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, be­liev­ing that the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment had dirt to of­fer on Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial con­tender Hil­lary Clin­ton.

On Satur­day, Trump an­nounced the ad­di­tion of vet­eran Wash­ing­ton lawyer Ty Cobb to his le­gal team.

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