Georgia counties receive payments for legal costs in Trump election suits

Two Georgia counties have received payments to cover attorney fees incurred due to a lawsuit filed by former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE.

Cobb and DeKalb counties have been paid funds to cover legal costs sustained in connection with Trump’s fruitless lawsuit that sought to overturn President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE’s victory in the state, county officials confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday.

An attorney for the Cobb County Board of Elections received a payment of $15,554 last week to cover attorney fees incurred by the county’s Board of Elections and Registrations through June 1 that relate to the Trump election lawsuit, according to Janine Eveler, the director of Cobb County’s Elections & Registration. 

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The payment, according to Eveler, was made by the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, where former Ambassador Randolph Evans, who represented Trump in the lawsuit, is a partner.

Quinn Hudson, the chief communications officer for DeKalb County, told The Hill that it received a payment of $6,100 last week from Squire Patton Boggs.

Additionally, a DeKalb court brief filed on Monday revealed that the “plaintiffs, through counsel, have provided payment for the full amount of attorneys’ fees” the county sought, according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

The news of the two counties receiving payments comes after they filed motions in January requesting almost $20,000 in attorney fees from Trump and the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, David Shafer, as compensation for their roles in the litigation.

DeKalb County requested $6,105 in funds, and Cobb County asked for $10,875.

“The two motions [for attorneys’ fees] have been withdrawn. There was no settlement agreement,” Trump’s attorney Randy Evans told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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“The taxpayers in DeKalb and Cobb have been fully reimbursed. There are no other details because there are no other details,” Evans added.

Evans is reportedly representing the former president, his campaign and Shafer in the lawsuit.

Evans, however, would not reveal who paid Trump’s fees. He denied that the former president financed the compensation.

Trump and Shafer in December filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court that named 15 county election supervisors, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and the state election board as defendants.

Trump ultimately withdrew the lawsuit in January.

The Hill reached out to Evans for comment.

Updated at 5:51 p.m.