More than $8M in legal fees spent by Trump reelection campaign since taking office

President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE's reelection campaign has spent more than $8 million in legal fees since Trump was inaugurated, an analysis published Thursday found. 

The campaign spent almost $1.7 million in legal fees between January and March of 2019, including more than $1.2 million paid to former White House counsel Don McGahn's firm Jones Day, an ABC News analysis of Federal Election Commission records found. 

After McGahn's departure from the White House, his firm still took in more than $5.6 million in legal fees from the campaign.


Trump's campaign recently hired in-house counsel, according to media reports, so payments to Jones Day are expected to lessen. 

Campaign funds have been spent to cover fees for various Trump associates including Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerNYC voters set to decide Vance's replacement amid Trump probe Kushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 The Israel-Hamas ceasefire is holding — what's next? MORE and Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Outrage grows as Justice seeks to contain subpoena fallout Stormy Daniels says her attorney is in contact with prosecutors investigating Trump Organization MORE — before the relationship between Trump and Cohen soured — according to the report. 

“It’s sad that campaign resources have had to be devoted to defending ourselves against the baseless Russia hoax and endless witch hunt,” Trump campaign's deputy communications director Erin Perrine told ABC News.

In addition to the $8 million, other groups including the Republican National Committee have contributed to legal payments for Trump associates. 

Over the same time period, former President Obama's campaign spent only about $2.7 million in legal expenses, according to ABC. 

The Hill has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.