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 TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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.

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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 PapadopoulosTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Dem rep: Why shouldn’t Americans believe Trump is as corrupt as his friends? MORE pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about their contacts with foreign officials.

Meanwhile, former campaign chair Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Mueller asks court to schedule Flynn sentencing Manafort went ‘above and beyond’ with plea deal, says ex-federal prosecutor 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.