Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP
Spending reports that were filed with the FEC Sunday reveal this sharp uptick, which accounted for more than 25% of the campaign's total spending that period, the NYT reports. The campaign and its two joint committees have spent $2.1 million on legal fees this year.
Why it matters: That coincides with the Russian interference probes' escalation, and is nearly twice as much as the campaign spent the three months before.
- The fees: The largest chunk of that, $830,000, went to Jones Day, the law firm charged with representing the campaign in connection with the Russia investigations, campaign finance law, and litigation stemming from the election. $238,000 went in July and August to the lawyer representing Donald Trump Jr., Alan Futerfas.
- The latest: Reince Priebus interviewed with Special Counsel Bob Mueller's investigation Friday.