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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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 John TrumpMost Republicans in new poll say they'd vote for Trump in 2024 President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Trump has not prepared a concession speech: report MORE, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Pompeo becomes first top US diplomat to visit Israeli settlement, labels boycotts anti-Semitic NYT's Bruni suggests Ivanka Trump, Kushner move to North Korea or Saudi Arabia MORE and Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenPress: Trump's biggest fear is — lock him up Biden faces politically thorny decision on Trump prosecutions New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include write-offs: report 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.