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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.

Go deeper: All the Trump associates who have testified before Congress

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In photos: Protests outside fortified capitols draw only small groups

Armed members of the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois near the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing on Jan. 17. About 20 protesters showed up, AP notes. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Small groups of protesters rallied outside fortified statehouses over the weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

The big picture: Some protests attracted armed members of far-right extremist groups but there were no reports of clashes, as had been feared. The National Guard and law enforcement outnumbered demonstrators, as security was heightened around the U.S. to avoid a repeat of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, per AP.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.