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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump puts the cart before the horse in Palestine Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline GOP launches 'WinRed' online fundraising site in response to Democrats' small-donor advantage MORE and Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenHouse Intelligence Committee to subpoena Trump associate Felix Sater Hicks repeatedly blocked by White House from answering Judiciary questions The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle 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.