President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s campaign spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to a law firm representing Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTim Scott to introduce GOP police reform bill next week GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe House GOP delays police reform bill MORE, ABC News reported Friday.
Campaign finance records from the reelection team made two payments — $55,330 and $42,574 — to the Winston & Strawn firm. A source told the outlet that the payments to Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, were for legal fees.
A Lowell spokesman and Trump campaign officials declined to comment to the outlet about the decision to use campaign money for Kushner’s legal fees.
Kushner’s net worth has been estimated at more than $300 million.The husband of Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, Kushner is a real estate mogul who earned more than $1.7 million in 2015 before working in the White House, according to The New York Times.
Kushner has not been accused of any criminal wrongdoing, but like many Trump campaign advisers he has sought legal advice during investigations from the special counsel’s office and Congress into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
Kushner was also named as a defendant in an April civil suit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), alleging an international conspiracy involving Russia’s attempts to interfere in the campaign.
The suit’s defendants included the Russian government, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, including Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump Jr. calls elderly supporter who was assaulted Trump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going ‘establishment,’ ‘acting like Hillary’ Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders MORE
Lowell filed a motion in December asking a judge to remove Kushner from the lawsuit because it “does not contain a single factual allegation implicating Kushner in the alleged wrongdoing.”
The Trump campaign has spent more than $6.7 million in legal fees for past and present associates within the past two years, ABC News reported.
The campaign spent more than $276,000 to cover some of legal bills for Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, between October 2017 and April 2018. Cohen was in a joint defense agreement with Trump, the outlet noted.
More than $173,000 was paid to the law firm representing former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiTrump taps Lewandowski, Bossie for Commission on Presidential Scholars The Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump ramps up attacks against Twitter Bossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report MORE and more than $101,000 went to the firm representing Trump’s security team.
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