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Legal Defense Fund for White House Staffers Expected

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By    |   Saturday, 09 September 2017 02:45 PM

A legal defense fund to pay for attorneys representing White House staffers expected to be targeted through special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election may be in the works, according to sources close to the matter.

Third parties are permitted to pay for legal defense funds for federal workers, reports The Daily Beast. According to a Washington white collar attorney speaking to the website, everyone questioned by Mueller will likely need attorneys, and in Washington, those lawyers most likely will bill anywhere from $500 to $1,000 an hour.

White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of six White House aides Mueller is expected to interview, has already hired her own private representation, according to Politico.

Robert Trout, founder of the firm Trout, Cacheris & Janis, will represent Hicks, 28, multiple sources familiar with the hire said Friday. Trout is a former U.S. attorney from Baltimore and a Justice Department veteran.

The Daily Beast reported in August that two of the probe's targets, former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, are already facing financial strain because of the high legal bills they've faced.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that Mueller wants to speak with at least six of Trump's current or former aides as well as Hicks including former press secretary Sean Spicer, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, White House counsel Don McGahn, and one of his deputies, James Burnham, and Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman who works closely with President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Kushner has already hired legal counsel, as have Manafort and Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Trump also has a legal team, headed by veteran Washington attorney Ty Cobb who is serving as White House counsel on the Russia investigation.

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