Trump team setting up legal defense fund for Russia probe: report

Trump team setting up legal defense fund for Russia probe: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE's campaign has reportedly hired a law firm to set up a legal defense fund for costs incurred by staffers ensnared by the special counsel investigation or other legal fees.

A document from the Wiley Rein LLP law firm posted on the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) website describes the "Patriot Legal Expense Fund," which would provide financial support to any individual who "was an employee, consultant, fundraiser or volunteer" of Trump's 2016 campaign.

It's unclear how much money is currently in the fund or who runs it, but the Trump campaign made a payment of $10,000 to the Wiley Rein firm last year for “legal consulting,” according to ABC News.


The document does state, however, that the funds cannot be used for legal fees incurred by Trump or his immediate family members.

“The fund will help many of us that never anticipated being in this situation,” one former campaign official who remained anonymous told ABC.

The fund was allegedly created with the knowledge of the White House, with the provision that it could be used to help current members of the White House while complying with ethics concerns.

Several members of Trump's campaign have been ensnared by the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia's election interference. Last year, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign foreign policy aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosWife of Papadopoulos interviews with House Intel Dems Mueller probing Roger Stone following Russian hacker indictment: report Hillicon Valley: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | Sparks fly at hearing on social media | First House Republican backs net neutrality bill | Meet the DNC's cyber guru | Sinclair defiant after merger setback MORE pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about their contacts with foreign officials.

Meanwhile, former campaign chair Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFailings by WhatsApp, Signal and others highlight the need to take back our privacy The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump eyes second Putin summit MORE and his business associate Richard Gates await trial for money laundering, tax fraud and other charges uncovered by Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's prosecutors. They have pleaded not guilty.