Republicans say they will stop paying Trump legal fees in election lawsuits if he runs for president in 2024
- An RNC official said any announcement of the 2024 race would mean he would have to stop paying Donald Trump’s legal bills while he battles investigations.
- The committee’s “policy of neutrality” prevents it from taking sides in the primaries
- The official told ABC News that the payments should stop if Trump gets back up again
- It has paid at least $1.73 million to law firms representing Trump over the past year
Republicans will stop paying Donald Trump’s legal expenses if he announces his run for president in 2024, according to a new report published Thursday.
The Republican National Committee has allocated millions of dollars to the law firms representing the former president amid investigations and government investigations into his business interests.
But officials are also concerned that Trump could hurt the party’s midterm election prospects if he announces he is running for president before this year’s election.
said an RNC official hv news that Trump will lose financial support once a campaign is launched due to the party’s ‘policy of neutrality’ that prevents him from taking sides in the primaries.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel clarified the situation in an interview in January.
“The party must remain neutral,” she said. I’m not telling anyone to run or not to run in 2024.
Senior Republicans say they want Trump to delay any announcement until after the midterm elections.
Donald Trump has long been put off by the idea of running again in 2024, but a Republican National Committee official told ABC News that a run would choke on cash for his legal fees.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in January that she has a policy of neutrality, which means she can’t favor any contestant for the Republican presidential nomination.
Trump faces legal danger from several directions, including the Jan. 6 House Committee building a case that the former president was responsible for the attack on the Capitol.
However, insiders say the former president likes the idea of upending the election by launching his campaign before voters go to the polls in November.
This could change the nature of the midterm elections from being a referendum on the crisis-stricken presidency of Joe Biden, to giving voters a choice between Biden and Trump.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said this week that he encouraged Trump to delay any announcement.
“My point for him has always been … let’s go win 22,” he told reporters in Congress on Tuesday.
Reminding Trump that any ad would hurt him in the pocket, with no more legal backing, could be one way to get him to think again about an early decision.
The National Civil Rights Commission’s most recent financial disclosures reveal the depth of support.
From October 2021 through June, the RNC paid at least $1.73 million to the law firms representing Trump, according to details provided to the Federal Election Commission and reported by ABC News.
This included a $50,000 payment to a law firm representing Trump in June alone.
That financial report has led some Republicans to question whether the RNC is really playing it fair.
Donor and Canary LLC’s CEO said it did little to stay neutral.
“The new National Council needs Trump or Trump-like surrogates to raise funds, and Trump wants them to continue to pay his bills and be as pro-Trump as possible,” Eberhardt said. “So neither of them is in a hurry to cut the umbilical cord.”
Trump has repeatedly hinted that he wants to once again tend to the White House.
The latest came during a speech in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, when he spoke of the Republican’s return to the presidency.
“They want to hurt me so I can’t go back to working for you,” Trump said as his crowd chanted.
“I don’t think that will happen.”
And the RNC’s support — which includes the use of Trump’s name in fundraising emails — makes it even more difficult for other 2024 prospects.
“Other Republican candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination have good reason to worry that the party apparatus is being rigged against them because of its unwavering support for Trump,” said Craig Holman, of the government-watching group Public Citizen.
RNC officials and Trump representatives declined to comment.