Former President Trump’s Legal Expenses Soar as Criminal Indictments and Lawsuits Mount

Former President Trump’s legal battles continue to escalate as his fundraising committees spent a staggering $50 million on legal consulting in 2023, according to newly filed federal records. The expenses shed light on the extensive legal representation Trump has sought to combat his 91 criminal charges and numerous civil lawsuits.

Leading the pack as Trump’s top-paid lawyer of 2023 is Chris Kise, a Florida-based attorney who brought in nearly $9 million for his services. Kise has been at the forefront of Trump’s defense in the New York attorney general’s civil fraud case, which accuses the former president of manipulating the value of the Trump Organization’s assets for personal gain. Kise has vigorously defended Trump, arguing that banks conducted due diligence and found no evidence of fraud.

Another prominent law firm, Robert & Robert, earned nearly $5.3 million for representing Trump and his business interests. Clifford Robert, the principal of the firm, played a crucial role in defending Trump’s adult sons in the New York attorney general’s fraud case. Robert’s cross-examination of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former fixer, revealed contradictions in Cohen’s testimony regarding Trump’s involvement in altering financial statements.

California attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who previously served as the Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel’s counsel, has become one of the top-paid lawyers representing Trump. Dhillon’s firm has been involved in defending Trump against efforts to remove him from the ballot under the 14th Amendment’s insurrection ban. They have also represented Trump in the Stormy Daniels defamation suit, winning over $600,000 in damages.

Trump’s entities paid Habba Madaio & Associates over $4 million in 2023. Alina Habba, the firm’s managing partner, has been Trump’s legal spokesperson and represented him in multiple cases. The firm defended Trump in the civil trials brought by E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of sexual assault. Carroll won substantial verdicts in both cases, which Trump is currently appealing.

John Lauro, along with lawyers Greg Singer and Filzah Pavalon, received approximately $2.65 million for defending Trump against federal charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Lauro has been Trump’s primary advocate in the Washington, D.C., courtroom, often clashing with the presiding judge.

Attorney Evan Corcoran, from the firm Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White, received $2.63 million from Trump’s entities. Corcoran played a central role in responding to a subpoena for classified records at Mar-a-Lago, but later removed himself as Trump’s lawyer after a judge pierced attorney-client privilege.

White-collar attorney Todd Blanche joined Trump’s legal team just as the former president faced his first indictment in the hush money probe. Blanche, along with attorney Emil Bove, has since represented Trump in multiple cases, including the 2020 election subversion indictment and the classified documents indictment.

New York-based trial lawyer Joe Tacopina’s firm, Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo, received approximately $1.77 million for representing Trump in the hush money indictment and one of the cases brought by E. Jean Carroll. Tacopina, known for representing high-profile clients, unexpectedly left Trump’s legal team without explanation.

As Trump’s legal battles intensify, he continues to seek new lawyers to handle his mounting legal challenges. The former president’s legal expenses highlight the intricate web of criminal indictments and civil lawsuits he faces, with millions of dollars being spent to defend his interests.

 

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Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. This is absolutely outrageous! It is mind-boggling to think that former President Trump’s fundraising committees have spent a whopping $50 million on legal consulting. This is an exorbitant amount of money that could have been put to much better use, such as supporting important causes or investing in education and healthcare.

    It is deeply concerning that Trump’s legal battles seem to be never-ending, and it raises serious questions about his priorities. Instead of focusing on the needs of the American people, he appears to

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