Oct 16, 2017

Trump campaign spent $1.1m in legal fees in 3 months

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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Why it matters: Federal government employees and high-profile guests were affected by the breach, according to analysis by data breach monitoring service Under the Bridge and ZDNet — including officials from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Microsoft staffers and singer Justin Bieber.

George Zimmerman sues Buttigieg and Warren for $265M

George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, in November 2013. Photo: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Fla., seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.