Ex-Trump aide decries Senate Russia probe over high legal bills: report

Ex-Trump aide decries Senate Russia probe over high legal bills: report
© Getty Images

Michael Caputo, a former communications adviser to 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, blasted the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, saying that its Russia probe has him racking up high legal bills.

"Your investigation and others into the allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia are costing my family a great deal of money — more than $125,000 — and making a visceral impact on my children," Caputo told the committee in a prepared statement read during a closed-door interview.

A copy of the prepared statement was obtained by CNN

ADVERTISEMENT

Caputo also said that the Russia investigation has cost him so much money he is being forced to move away from his current home in upstate New York to an area where he can make a higher salary. 

"Now I must to move back to Washington, New York City, Miami or elsewhere, just so I can make enough money to pay off these legal bills. And I know I have you to thank for that," Caputo said, according to CNN. 

"What America needs is an investigation of the investigators," Caputo added. "I want to know who is paying for the spies' work and coordinating this attack on President Donald Trump? I want to know who Dan Jones is talking to across the investigations — from the FBI, to the Southern District of New York, to the [office of the special counsel], to the Department of Justice, to Congress."

"I want to know because God damn you to hell."

Caputo is among several associates of Trump who have hired lawyers to help them navigate the potentially perilous legal ground around the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election. 

Caputo has said that he has no information about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump has denied that anyone on his campaign conspired with Moscow to help sway the election. 

Rachel Cohen, a spokeswoman for Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless Bipartisan trio asks US intelligence to investigate ‘deepfakes’ Warner: 'overwhelming majority' of Republicans would back social media regulations MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, told CNN that the senator would not comment on witness interviews, "regardless of how outlandish or attention-seeking they might be."

A spokesperson for committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGraham: Mueller is going to be allowed to finish investigation Trump authorizes sanctions against foreign governments that interfere in US elections Hillicon Valley: Google takes heat from Trump, Congress | US cracking down on foreign hackers | Sanders steps up Amazon attack | Analysts predict iPhone prices would rise if production moved to US MORE (R-N.C.) did not respond to CNN's request for comment.