Thu Apr 20, 2017, 09:50 PM
Letmypeoplevote (39,300 posts)
Trump legal tab: $4 million and rising
Trump continues to lose lawsuits and pay more legal fees http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/20/trump-legal-fees-237386
During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to pay the legal bills of supporters who beat up protesters at his rallies, but a POLITICO analysis found that Trump’s campaign hasn’t always paid its own legal bills in a timely or transparent fashion.
The analysis of court and campaign filings found that Trump’s campaign committee is still spending heavily to defend against ongoing civil lawsuits alleging assault, incitement, threats and other illegal behavior by the president, his supporters and staff. But in at least four ongoing cases, Trump’s campaign had yet to make a publicly disclosed payment to the law firms representing it, paid months late or paid in tiny amounts that don’t appear commensurate with the amount of work performed by the firms.
In some cases, lawyers from the Trump Organization assisted outside law firms paid by the campaign in defending cases that named both Trump’s campaign and his company, blurring the line between Trump’s political and business operations. And there were at least two cases in which Trump’s campaign appears to have settled lawsuits quietly by making lump-sum payments to firms involved in the cases, which it listed in its Federal Election Commission reports as “legal consulting.”
In all, FEC filings show that Trump’s campaign has paid out nearly $4 million in “legal consulting” and “legal fees,” including $556,000 since Election Day. That total is more than twice as much as former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign spent on legal fees through this point in his first term.
The trail of legal bills dogging Trump’s campaign more than five months after his election — and his team’s opaque handling of them — reflect Trump’s inability to leave behind the chaos and confrontation that marked his presidential run and his decades as a private real estate developer.
Trump could simply pay his bills and avoid some of these legal fees
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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)
Thu Apr 20, 2017, 10:22 PM
OneLoudVoice (4,141 posts)
1. He's broke
I mean.. It wouldnt look good if he took more cash from the Russians right at the moment, and he can only divert just so many taxpayer dollars to himself via his golf trips at a time.
Whats a grifter to do?