President Trump’s campaign spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to a law firm representing Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, ABC News reported Friday.
Campaign finance records from the re-election team made two payments — $55,330 and $42,573 — to the Winston & Strawn LL firm. A source told the outlet that the payments to Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, were for legal fees.
A Lowell spokesman and Trump campaign officials declined to comment to the outlet about the decision to use campaign money for Kushner’s legal fees.
Kushner’s net worth has been estimated at more than $300 million.The husband of Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka, Kushner is a real estate mogul who earned more than $1.7 million in 2015 before working in the White House, according to The New York Times.
Kushner has not been accused of any criminal wrongdoing, but like many Trump campaign advisers he has sought legal advice during investigations from the special counsel’s office and Congress into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
Kushner was also named as a defendant in an April civil suit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), alleging an international conspiracy involving Russia’s attempts to interfere in the campaign.
The suit’s defendants included the Russian government, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, including Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
Lowell filed a motion in December asking a judge to remove Kushner from the lawsuit because it “does not contain a single factual allegation implicating Kushner in the alleged wrongdoing.”
The Trump campaign has spent more than $6.7 million in legal fees for past and present associates within the last two years, ABC News reported.
The campaign spent more than $276,000 to cover some of legal bills for Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, between October 2017 and April 2018. Cohen was in a joint defense agreement with Trump, the outlet noted.
More than $173,000 was paid to the law firm representing former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and more than $101,000 to the firm representing Trump’s security team.