The Republican National Committee (RNC) is reportedly paying some of the President TrumpDonald Trump Rittenhouse Says Biden Slandered His Character By Linking Him To White Supremacists Night Health Care: White House Touts Vaccination Rate For Feds Trump Backs Hogan Challenger In Maryland Governor Race MOREPersonal legal bills.
The Washington Post, citing a party spokeswoman, reported Tuesday that the RNC made two payments last month to the law firm of Ronald Fischetti, the defense attorney who was hired by Trump in April. The payments reportedly amounted to $ 121,670.
The veteran defense attorney represents Trump in investigations led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (D) and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), the Post noted. However, it is not clear that the investigations relate to Trump’s tenure in the White House or activities during his campaign.
Requests for payment were made over the summer, but the committee ultimately voted to cover the expenses in recent weeks, an unidentified source told the Post.
The committee ultimately decided to help the former president cover legal expenses because of comments James made indicating that she was seeking to investigate Trump, the newspaper reported, citing a person familiar with the RNC’s decision.
However, the committee is reportedly not contributing to legal fees for other investigations against Trump, including his battle over requests from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill. The panel has cited several people close to the president during his tenure, but Trump has argued that their testimony and relevant documents are protected by executive privilege.
The RNC told the Post in a statement that “standing up for President Trump and his record of accomplishments is critical to the Republican Party.”
“It is entirely appropriate that the RNC continues to help fight the endless witch hunt and attacks by Democrats against it,” the committee added.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokesperson Adonna Biel said the RNC is now “a party that will do anything for a divisive and incompetent former president who cost his party the House, Senate and White House and thousands. Americans their lives and livelihoods. ” . “
“If we were the RNC’s donors, we would certainly be asking questions,” added Biel, a DNC spokesperson.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told the Post that “the RNC is our important partner in advancing America First policies and fighting the endless witch hunts,” adding that “Democrats have become obsessed with arm their offices against President Trump, which is a complete abandonment of their constitutional obligations. “
Last month wasn’t the first time the RNC helped pay some of Trump’s legal bills. When Trump was in office, the committee covered attorneys’ fees to represent Donald Trump Jr. in investigations related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, Post noted.
The Hill reached out to the RNC and Trump for comment.