Trump re-election campaign doubles spending on legal fees

President Trump’s re-election campaign has more than doubled its legal spending over the last several months as the Russia investigations ramp up, according to new FEC filings.

Trump 2020 campaign committees have spent nearly $700,000 on legal fees between the beginning of April and the end of June, according to the FEC reports.

The spending is more than twice as much as they spent in the first three months of the year.

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The majority of the legal payments in the second-quarter reports, totaling $545,000, went to the law firm Jones Day.

The firm has represented the campaign in ongoing lawsuits and has also been advising it on legal issues related to the Russia investigations.

Among the money spent, was a payment from Trump’s official campaign to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump visits Virginia golf club Dem rep: Kushner ‘lied’, should be investigated Meet Trump's new communications director MORE Jr.’s lawyer roughly two weeks before it was revealed the president’s son had taken part in a meeting with a Russian lawyer.

The FEC filing shows that Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. disbursed $50,000 for "legal consulting" to Alan Futerfas's law firm, which had been hired to represent Trump Jr., on June 27. 

Trump Jr. on Tuesday released a chain of emails detailing the set up of his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

In one of the emails, Rob Goldstone, a music promoter who arranged the meeting, told Trump Jr. that a chief prosecutor in Russia offered "information that would incriminate Hillary" Clinton and her "dealings with Russia."

 

But Trump Jr. has since said that the lawyer offered no damaging information on Clinton during the meeting. 

Political veterans from Republican and Democratic campaigns have said it was unusual to take a meeting with a foreign operative offering information on a rival.

Investigators are probing Russia's involvement in last year's election, including whether Trump's campaign worked with Russia to hurt Clinton's campaign.