Sunday, July 16, 2017

Campaign Funds to Defend Junior

The Trump re-election campaign paid $50,000 last month to the law firm now representing Donald Trump Jr., according to a new filing the campaign made with the Federal Election Commission.

The $50,000 was paid to the firm of Alan Futerfas on June 27, several days after Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner amended his security clearance form to reflect the previously undisclosed 2016 meeting he, Trump Jr., and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskyaya.


The payment was for "legal consulting" and could be unrelated to Trump Jr. or the Russia investigation.

Sure. Sure.

Perhaps it's only fair that Trump's supporters pay for Junior's defense.
A search of federal election records dating back to April 2015 did not reveal any other payments from the Trump campaign to Futerfas' law firm.


The payment to the firm also came one day after CNN asked a White House spokesman assigned to Kushner about the 2016 meeting, including that it was organized by Trump Jr. CNN did not a receive a response to that inquiry.


Asked whether the campaign is allowed to pay for Trump, Jr.'s legal fees if that turns out to be the case, former FEC general counsel Lawrence Noble, a CNN contributor, said: "They can pay for his legal expenses if it arises out of the campaign."
Neatly tying Junior to the campaign for legal purposes.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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