Trump pledges $430K to help cover legal bills of aides amid Russia probe

Trump pledges $430K to help cover legal bills of aides amid Russia probe

US President Donald Trump has pledged to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help cover legal fees for White House aides and campaign staff related to the probe into aleged Russia's election meddling, The Hill reports.

A White House official told Axios and The Washington Post on Saturday that Trump's pledge is not meant as a reimbursement to the Republican National Committee (RNC), which has spent a nearly identical amount on lawyers representing the president and his eldest son Donald Trump Jr.

The official told Axios that the money would be used to "to defray the costs of legal fees for his associates, including former and current White House aides."

The official said Trump's pledge did not preclude him from increasing the amount available for aides in the future, according to the Post.

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