New federal filings show that President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is paying Donald Trump, Jr.’s defense attorney.
Just two weeks prior to the release of emails documenting Trump, Jr.’s meeting with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, Trump’s reelection campaign paid $50,000 to the law offices of Alan Futerfas, The Daily Beast reports.
“Trump Jr. does not yet face any official allegations of legal wrongdoing, but he and the White House have scrambled to contain the political fallout from the controversy,” The Beast explained. “It was not immediately clear whether the campaign expenditure was renumeration for Futerfas’s representation of Trump’s son, on Russia-related or other matters. But the payment sticks out on a presidential campaign’s expenditure list: Futerfas’s expertise is in white collar criminal defense, not political and election law.”
President Trump’s re-election campaign paying his namesake son’s criminal defense attorney was not the only bombshell in the Federal Election Commission reports, which were released Saturday.
The Trump re-election campaign also payed $89,561 to the Trump Corporation for legal services, just three days after the payment to Futerfas.