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 TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 PapadopoulosDrama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Fox & Friends host says program will ‘absolutely’ accept Mueller report findings Source of Steele dossier info sought access to Trump allies in 2016: report MORE pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about their contacts with foreign officials.

Meanwhile, former campaign chair Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMake the special counsel report public for the sake of Americans Paul Manafort should not be sentenced to 20 years in prison Mueller recommends Manafort serve at least 19 years in prison 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.