Fund For Trump Aides’ Legal Defense Largely Financed By His Friends

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, on August 4, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
August 7, 2018 7:35 a.m.

A legal defense fund for President Donald Trump’s aides who have become embroiled in the Russia probe has been largely financed by Trump’s friends and political allies, Politico reported.

Between February and June, the fund has raised about $200,000. Half of that money was donated by Geoffrey Palmer, a Los Angeles developer and mega Trump donor, according to Politico. Other contributions have come from people like Phillip Ruffin — a wealthy casino owner who has regularly worked with Trump and even attended the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant with him in Moscow in 2013 — and a consulting firm owned by Mark Serrano, who worked as a consultant for Trump’s campaign.

Read Politico’s full report here.  

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