Trump’s Save America paid $3 million to cover the top lawyer’s legal work

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Kise previously served as Solicitor General of Florida and won several U.S. Supreme Court victories. He has strong ties to Republican politicians in Florida and is considered a competent and serious lawyer. Trump has long struggled to build strong legal teams, given his history of stiff lawyers representing him. Kise’s decision to represent him was seen as a major boon for the ex-president.

It’s unclear if the Save America PAC amount goes directly to Kise or if it was placed in an account that Kise will charge because he works for Trump. Kise left Foley and Lardner and started his own firm, Chris Kise & Associates, to take Trump as a client. Save America made the payment while it was going through this complex process, so it’s unclear whether the payment was made to a financial vehicle controlled by its fledgling company or to a vehicle controlled by another entity.

A spokesperson for Trump and Save America did not respond to requests for comment. Kise did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

save america itself subject to scrutiny by the Department of Justice. Last week, numerous grand jury subpoenas questioned people in the Trump world about the fundraising and spending activities of the PAC. The language of those subpoenas was broad, reports said, and also asked witnesses for information about a host of people connected to Trump’s efforts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.

Trump created Save America on Nov. 9, 2020 — two days after Election Day — and used it as a key post-presidential fundraising vehicle.

Since its launch, Save America PAC has grossed over $135 million. And his work became a priority of the January 6 select committee. During the panel’s second public hearing, as NPR detailed, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) noted that Trump urged donors to support an “official election defense fund.” She said the committee learned the fund didn’t exist, and instead much of the money Trump raised following the election went to Save America.

Two organizations run by former top White House aides to Trump received $1 million checks from Save America, according to the Jan. 6 committee. Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows leads one of the groups, and former White House aide Brooke Rollins is the president and CEO of the other. The PAC also paid $5 million to the company that organized Trump’s rally on the morning of Jan. 6, according to the committee.

“Throughout the committee’s investigation, we found evidence that the Trump campaign and his surrogates misled donors about where their funds were going and what they would be used for,” Lofgren said during the interview. second committee hearing. “So not only was there the Big Lie, there was the Big Rip-off.”

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