As legal troubles pile up, Trump has an easy way to get out of paying the bills himself - 2021-02-19
Former President Donald Trump avoided conviction in his second impeachment trial, but his legal troubles are, of course, far from over. And the legal threats are proliferating on a near daily basis: There are criminal and civil investigations, defamation suits, and a disputed federal tax return for Trump to deal with, and some of his neighbors in Palm Beach would like to have the town forbid him from living at his club. All of this begs the question: How will Trump, who is facing dire financial straits in his post-presidency, afford to keep up the legal fight?
He could pay for the lawyers out of his own pocket, but given how little he likes paying for things himself and how much his business empire has foundered during the pandemic, that seems pretty unlikely. It's a safer bet that he'll turn to all of the donations he has piled up since he lost the election last November, which campaign finance experts say can be used to bail him out.
Since 2015, his campaign and its affiliates have spent more than $50.8 million on legal fees, dwarfing what other presidents have spent on legal costs.