Major law firms aid Trump and his network and are paid by political donations, grantee finds

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to depart at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after being booked at the Fulton County jail on August 24, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Trump was booked on multiple charges related to an alleged plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Massoglia also investigated the extensive spending by former President Donald Trump’s political operation after it paid over $44 million to lawyers and major law firms that have represented potential witnesses and codefendants in his ongoing legal cases since 2020. The money represents about half of the operation’s legal expenses during that time. The OpenSecrets analysis, supported by the Fund, found that the Trump political network’s top-paid firm is Jones Day, which has collected more than $19 million from the operation since 2020. Another $4.2 million has gone to law firm of Jesse Binnall, Trump’s top election fraud lawyer. Even after the Jan. 6 insurrection, Binnall continued to spread false claims of voter fraud.