A top Florida attorney has reached a deal for a stunning $3 million advance to represent former President Donald Trump in the investigation into documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago resort, Politico reported Thursday. and the Wall Street Journal.
Attorney Chris Kise is being paid the huge sum in light of the “unprecedented nature” of the Justice Department’s investigation, the Journal noted, as well as “Trump’s history of stiff lawyers representing him “said Politico.
The money is said to come from Trump’s main fundraising arm, the Save America Political Action Committee.
The PAC itself may soon be looking for a lawyer of its own. Amid a flurry of dozens of new subpoenas, the Justice Department appears to be targeting PAC fundraising and spending, The New York Times reported Monday. The Jan. 6 House Select Committee also observed Trump’s fundraising campaigns, seeking to determine whether his false claims about a “rigged” election tricked donors into contributing money.
Neither Kise nor Save America PAC has commented on the reported arrangement to the Journal or Politico.
Kise has also pledged to represent Trump in any litigation arising from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to Politico. He could possibly make even more money on these issues – and others.
Kise left Foley & Lardner LLP, where he worked as a partner, to form Chris Kise & Associates to to take on Trump as a client, Politico reported.
It’s unclear if he’ll take his millions in one lump sum, or pull money from an account while he works, according to Politico. But the transfer of funds has already taken place, according to the two publications.
Kise is reportedly seeking a “more conciliatory tone” with the Justice Department over the Mar-a-Lago documents matter, though he may have the wrong client for it. In his first court appearance in the case earlier this month, Kise said: “We must, respectfully, bring the temperature down on both sides.”
Trump, meanwhile, has vigorously denounced the FBI as “sleazy”, “corrupt”, a “criminal enterprise”, seditious and “abusive”.
Kise has won four U.S. Supreme Court cases and has experience in Florida courts. He worked as Florida’s Solicitor General and on Republican Florida Governors’ transition teams. Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis.
Several attorneys Trump’s team approached last month declined to represent the former president because they said he had a reputation for not following his lawyers’ advice and waiving bills, reported the newspaper.
Read the full articles from Politico and The Wall Street Journal.
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