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

Ex-Trump aide decries Senate Russia probe over high legal bills: report
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Michael Caputo, a former communications adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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

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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: Coronavirus deal includes funds for mail-in voting | Twitter pulled into fight over virus disinformation | State AGs target price gouging | Apple to donate 10M masks Senator sounds alarm on cyber threats to internet connectivity during coronavirus crisis Senator calls for cybersecurity review at health agencies after hacking incident 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 BurrDOJ probing stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of coronavirus crisis: report GOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Stimulus bill to prohibit Trump family, lawmakers from benefiting from loan programs MORE (R-N.C.) did not respond to CNN's request for comment.