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Lobbyists can anonymously fund WH aides' Russia legal fees

Jared Kushner listens right as Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the White House. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The Office of Government Ethics will now allow lobbyists to contribute anonymous gifts to White House staffers' legal defense funds — including those caught up in the current Russia probes, per a Politico report. Lobbyists were previously banned from doing so.

Why it matters, as Politico's Darren Samuelsohn writes: "The little-noticed change could help President Donald Trump's aides raise the money they need to pay attorneys as the Russia probe expands — but raises the potential for hidden conflicts of interest or other ethics trouble."