The Republican National Committee has paid more than a half million dollars in legal fees for President Trump aides like Hope Hicks as they face inquiries related to the Russian interference in the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported Sunday evening.
According to new federal filing reviewed by the Post, the law firm Trout Cacheris & Janis was paid $451,780 by the RNC. Hicks hired Robert Trout, the founder of the firm, as her personal attorney last year, according to reports. At least three lawyers at the firm represent individuals involved in the Senate and House investigations into Russian interference and the Trump campaign and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
The Post reported last year that the RNC was using funds slated for election recounts to pay some of the President’s legal fees related to Russia. The RNC has since paid at least half a million and a separate legal defense fund was established in February to help square some of his aides’ other costs.
Read the Post’s full report here.