President Trump’s campaign committee made a payment to the law firm of an attorney representing Donald Trump Jr. last month, nearly two weeks before it was announced that the same attorney would be representing the president’s son in Russia-related probes, according to a campaign finance report filed Saturday.
While the campaign committee has reimbursed Trump entities for services such as rent, air travel and hotel expenses in the past, it has not reported payments for legal fees, according to Federal Election Commission data.
Donald Trump Jr has offered a series of evolving explanations for his meeting with the Russian lawyer – also attended by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior aide, and Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair – since it was first made public.
Trump Jr had previously said he held no meetings with Russians while “representing the campaign in any way, shape or form,” and he called the suggestion that Russia was attempting to help his father’s presidential campaign “disgusting.”
The huge legal outlays by Trump’s campaign committee came as it has been repeatedly tapping Trump’s small donor base for contributions, exhorting them in emails and text messages to give money to help the president fight the political establishment and “fake news.”