Trump Uses Campaign Donations For Russia Defense

Reuters reports:

U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Following Reuters exclusive report on Tuesday, CNN reported that the Republican National Committee paid in August more than $230,000 to cover some of Trump’s legal fees related to the probe.

RNC spokesperson Cassie Smedile confirmed to Reuters that Trump’s lead lawyer, John Dowd, received $100,000 from the RNC and that the RNC also paid $131,250 to the Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy Group, the law firm where Jay Sekulow, another of Trump’s lawyers, is a partner.

While previous presidential campaigns have used these funds to pay for routine legal matters such as ballot access disputes and compliance requirements, Trump would be the first U.S. president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds to cover the costs of responding to a criminal probe, said election law experts.

  • Todd20036

    I’m ok with this. This basically tells his deplorable base that he only cares about himself, and that they are so stupid they’ll never realize it.

    • Mark

      But, they won’t listen and still faun and fuss over him as though he’s the messiah…which to them, he is.

      • Todd20036

        Which is why I am ok with Trump screwing over his base.
        It’s also why if I see a deplorable begging for money to pay for his medicine, I’ll walk away

      • RJ Bone

        I was (very) briefly amazed that christians would not only support someone like Trump but were practically licking his goose-stepping boots. Then I realized it was my old cult brainwashing kicking in and I slapped myself awake again. πŸ˜›

    • Treant

      Except they’re actually so stupid they’ll never realize it. This won’t make any impact, or they’ll believe some Fox commentator when he says Hillary did it first and bigger.

    • Tawreos

      One tweet about this being fake news and they won’t care what anyone says about it.

    • Guest

      That won’t make the slightest difference to them.

    • Uncle Mark

      I find this rather interesting that the RNC is just now offering to cover a good portion of Twitler’s legal defense…especially so soon after it’s come out how long Manafort has been wiretapped. We know this puts Priebus (and eventually the RNC) in potential legal jeopardy with all the commincations they’ve had with Manafort. It may even come up how much Russian money was funneled into the GOP to pay for other Republican campaigns.

      Of course we know that the RNC has to help with Twitler’s legal expenses. Just look at the losers representing him. One of them just pissed off Congress, while another was loudly discussing the case in a restaurant for all to hear. Real law firms practically have a list of reasons why they won’t be associated with this Russian puppet. One of the biggest reasons being that they expect to get stiffed, given the shitgibbon’s history. Obviously, the RNC is making it plain that they will pay the bill if someone of quality represents him…desperately hoping the investigation doesn’t go beyond this corrupt regime.

  • Frostbite

    Well it isn’t like he has any money of his own to spend on Lawyers. #BankruptcyNumber5

  • Gerry Fisher

    Time to repost that thing about a criminal element operating out of the White House. It’s all just one giant con job.

  • Michael R

    Best use all of the money now .

  • clay

    Wow, good thing he filed for re-election on his second day in office, otherwise he’d be in violation of campaign finance law. Also, this is admission that collusion was a campaign problem, and can’t legally be used for anything he’s done since taking office.

    • I was just typing that. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out with any possible obstruction of justice portions of the probe.

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    • David Walker

      As Rachel’s guest said last night, “It’s awful but lawful.”

      • The_Wretched

        Then the laws need a redraft.

    • And this is WHY he filed for re-Election so quickly. I thought it was just so have events at facilities he owns so that his campaign could continue to shovel donors’ money into his pockets. That’s part of it; the legal defense was an unexpected (to me) necessity.

      • (((GC)))

        It was also so Section 501 nonprofits such as Planned Parenthood would have to be extremely careful in their statements, not being seen as supporting or opposing candidate Trump.

  • Bj Lincoln

    NO! Drumpf should be using his own damn money for this because he is accused of crimes. The ‘donations’ are for his re-election not legal fees which are freaking ridiculous. He has not been questioned yet so WTF cost so much?

    • Todd20036

      Oh you. Rules are only for us “libtards”

      • Bj Lincoln

        Sorry. I keep forgetting.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      You are so cruel. Mister billionaire just HAS to use the money from his deplorable base. Just like Joel Osteen is likely making hurricane relief donations with money received from his congregation instead of his on wealth.

      • David L. Caster

        His wealth comes from those donations.

      • Uncle Mark

        The Russians give…the Russians taketh away. Do you honestly expect Putin to MoneyGram all that money to the shitgibbon? The Rubles first need to be transferred via Putin from the Alfa Bank through Deutsche Bank and then donated into 501(c)(4), and then to an RNC SuperPac

    • thatotherjean

      I do wonder whether or not his base will be upset that their donations to his campaign are being used to pay a high-priced team of lawyers to defend Trump from criminal charges. Actually, considering where most of them get their news, I wonder if they’ll ever hear about what he’s doing with their money.

    • Uncle Mark

      The RNC readiness to fund the shitgibbon’s defense just tells me that:
      1. They are still deluded in thinking that he’s still of some use to them.
      2. They are fearful that his criminality will tar the GOP
      3. They are complicit in the shitgibbon’s crimes, as well in taking Rubles for Republicans

    • kcken

      Hehehe.. those were great shots yesterday. The American President at the UN calling out “Rocket Man” … I lol’d ….

      • Dagoril

        It looks like Melania almost lost her “resting bitch face” in this photo. Good thing she opted for the military-grade elastomeres for the plastic surgery.

        • don

          Ok you owe me a new ‘puter screen coffee all over this one πŸ™‚

    • David Walker

      Woman beside Mel: “If I don’t look at him, maybe he’ll go away.”
      Woman with headphones: “It’s just as disgusting in French.”
      Person beside Gen. Kelly: “That’s the most ridiculous person I’ve ever heard. Who are these Americans who support him?”
      Gen. Kelly: “Oh, Jesus. He’s gone off-prompter again.”
      Mel: “How much longer? Just fucking kill me now.”

  • kcken

    I’m still waiting to see if that 1M he promised Texas will be from his account, his charity, or just forgotten about…

  • Dagoril

    The Russians installed him as Dear Leader. Let them pay his legal fees.

    • Galvestonian

      …they probably are already.

  • crewman

    This is an easy sell for Trump and the RNC, if their base accepts the spin that Trump is a victim of a Russia conspiracy.

    Trying to imagine how I’d feel, if Hillary had wanted to use DNC money to pay legal fees to defend against the political abuse of power known as the Benghazi Committee, I wouldn’t have loved it honestly, but I probably would have supported it. This was cost she was incurring through absolutely no wrong doing but because she was in the office she was in on our behalf.

    Trump, on the other hand, chose to take these actions. But sadly, I have a feeling his base might be wink-wink OK with the treason and collusion with Russia, as long as it meant they won an election.

  • fkevin

    Yes, campaign funds can be use for the legal defense of a candidate. Trump is a candidate for…%@*!…2020. Funds were also spent on Trump Jr.’s defense (Alan Futerfas). Does anyone know if this was legal?

    • Bj Lincoln

      Even when the crime is treason for colluding with an enemy?

      • fkevin

        BJ, that would be a funny a question for the RNC as they decide allocation. At this time, no one has charged Trump with any crime.

      • MBear

        I scanned that at first as “…’cuddling’ with an enemy”

  • Cuberly

    Now everytime you see a MAGA hat, that poor schlub wearing it is picking up the tab for donnie’s lawyers. Heh…


  • Rex

    Hey Deplorables, every MAGA hat you bought paid for 2.5 seconds of legal defense for your dumbass leader, so feel proud.

  • kelven

    He figures he won’t need it. By 2020 he’ll either be in prison or king of the world.

    • Rolf

      I was hoping for King of the Worms by then, if not sooner.

      • kanehau

        He already has that title in my book.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    We all remember when Trump talked about his wealth and described it in all caps as “10 BILLION DOLLARS” ?

  • Jefe5084

    I suppose that anyone who thought they were donating money to the RNC for the Orange Turd’s re-election wouldn’t give a shit that their blood money is paying for Don, Jr’s, Eric’s, Jared’s…etc. legal defense for criminal acts. Always ignorant, gullible suckers.

  • ETownCanuck
  • Halou

    This is hardly a Reuters exclusive. Palmer Report had an article up for more than a week at least that Trump was devoting his 2020 campaign donations towards legal fees for his family’s role in the Russia scandal.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Not getting thrown in prison would be a good first step toward reelection, n’est-ce pas?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • bambinoitaliano

    In the world of drumpf that’s normal and we are now living in it.

  • CharlestonDave

    Say, has anybody ever noticed that this guy has really tiny hands? And short fingers?

    • kanehau

      I was looking at his hands during the UN speech (as he was flailing them wildly through the whole thing).

      I think the problem is that he has normal sized palms, but tiny stubby fingers – which overall goes to make him look like he has baby hands.

      • CharlestonDave

        His tailor is doing him no favors by making his cuffs so wide. They, too, make his hands look smaller than they are.

        • -M-

          He’s a fat* schlub.

          *As in actually obese not just a little heavy.

          • don

            The Depends don’t do anything for his ass-line. Funny how he’s so critical of women’s looks when he’s such a toad. No offense meant to toads.

      • Daveed_WOW
  • The_Wretched

    Trump lost the use of his NY charity. It used to be his personal tax-free slush fund / personal bribe laundry / donor hider. Now he’s using his campaign funds the same exact way.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Does anyone know exactly how he gets away with all of this? Isn’t it illegal???

      • The_Wretched

        Probably illegal but (and it’s a big but) Trump is skating on illegalities due to the class of the crime. Were prosecutors to train up the right skill set and start prosecuting Trump, there’s oligarchs and flunkies #2-2000 that should get prosecuted too. To some degree, everyone worth $5 million and up are doing the same semi-corrupt practices. The only times financial crimes are prosecuted is when it’s a woman (martha stewart) or an “uppity person with melanin” and ‘they’ want to send a message.

        • Daveed_WOW

          Sounds like privilege to me πŸ™‚

  • Jeffg166

    Charity begins at home for Donald.

    • -M-

      And ends there too.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Sounds like he’s out of money

  • JWC

    the Billionaire takes hand outs????

  • boobert

    You didn’t think he would use his own money, did you?

  • Gianni

    Supposedly he’s rich as Midas and still rationalizes using other people’s money for himself. Don’t ever wonder if the bar can be lowered more that it already is. Donnie can and will lower it.

  • JCF