A fund for Michael Caputo, a former campaign aide for President Donald Trump, has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help with legal expenses he's incurred as a result of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Washington Examiner reported Saturday.
The GoFundMe site for Caputo describes him as "a passionate advocate for conservative GOP ideals." It explained, "Michael is neither a subject nor a target of any government probe," but said he was considered to be a "witness" to the "imagined behavior" of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians. It also predicted his legal expenses would ultimately "exceed $125,000."
"Michael has endured hours of redundant testimony before various US Government bodies, each time requiring many hours of highly specialized and expensive legal assistance," the description said.
"Caputo's mortgage payments, power bills, and college-fund deposits now must take a back seat to the invoices of high-priced attorneys. These professionals help Michael cope with relentless demands for documents and testimony from deep-state actors who pride themselves on tormenting President Trump and his supporters," the listing continued, describing him as one of the president's "most loyal allies."
Caputo testified last week before special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators and the Senate Intelligence Committee. He slammed the Senate committee in closing remarks, telling members "God damn you to hell" after detailing the effects the probes had on his family.
Caputo also testified before the House Intelligence Committee last summer.
The GoFundMe account was set up on April 22 by Danielle Letina of Buffalo, N.Y. The listing said funds raised would be delivered to one of Caputo's trustees.
The GoFundMe site explained Caputo was a member of the Republican committee in the Town of Aurora and the Erie County Republican Committee of New York. Another legal defense fund has been set up by Ralph Lorigo, a conservative party leader, NBC affiliate WGRZ reported.
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