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Saturday, February 03, 2018

White House officials and former Trump campaign aides embroiled in the Russia investigation could soon see their legal bills covered by an outside legal fund. Outside lawyers created a limited liability company called the Patriot Legal Expenses Fund Trust, which will raise money from donors to pay legal expenses for multiple individuals, according to emails between those attorneys and a government agency. A handful of White House officials are already in line to receive funding, a source familiar with the deliberations told CNN.

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"It's obviously rife with potential problems. For example, how does the fund ensure that there's no favoritism of one recipient versus another? But it's unclear there's anything that violates a specific ethical rule. It's very clever," said Marilyn Glynn, who served as the Office of Government Ethics' General Counsel from 1997-2008, including during the time when the agency advised the Clinton administration on legal defense funds.

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FTA: "So-called legal defense funds are typically established for the benefit of one person, according to government officials and lawyers familiar with these vehicles. The Patriot Legal Expenses Fund, however, can cover bills for multiple people, including current and former White House employees, as well as campaign officials. That feature, along with others, is already raising questions among ethics hawks and the administration's critics.
"It's obviously rife with potential problems. For example, how does the fund ensure that there's no favoritism of one recipient versus another?""

#1 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-02 09:31 PM | Reply

I think it's hilarious in a sad way that they still think the word patriot applies to them.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-03 11:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

LOL what a pathetic bunch.

They lay down with dogs.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-04 08:47 PM | Reply

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