Late Saturday night, The New York Times reported that Save America, the principal fundraising organization for former President Donald Trump, has asked for a refund of the $60 million it had given to a group backing the Republican candidate’s bid for the White House in 2024.
According to reports, President Trump has been paying $40 million in legal bills this year using the charity organization Save America. The PAC spent $16,000,000 on legal expenses in 2021 and 2022. It was established shortly after Trump’s win in November 2020 as he sought money on flimsy election claims.
The investigations into Trump’s attempts to invalidate the 2020 election results in Georgia, which were started on January 6 by Special Counsel Jack Smith and District Attorney Fanni Willis, might result in further charges shortly. Trump has previously been charged with fabricating company records in New York and mishandling sensitive information at his Mar-a-Lago resort while out of office in Florida. Both investigations were opened on January 6.
It is unknown who the PAC got the $60 million or what percentage was returned.
According to recent reports, Trump is having problems persuading attorneys to take on his defense because of the upcoming indictment on January 6. This is due to many considerations, including the potential for legal issues for Trump’s legal counsel, the widely held belief that Trump would lose any legal proceeding in Washington, D.C., and the damage Trump would do to businesses’ reputations.
Trump has not yet allocated money to cover the cost of his legal counsel. According to unidentified sources cited in a piece in The New York Times, the former president allegedly said that only the guilty would devise a strategy like this.
During a sparsely attended speech on Saturday in Erie, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump said that, if necessary, he would use his personal funds to finance his campaign.