President Trump's campaign, which is actively fundraising for 2020, spent $677,826 on "legal consulting" in April, May, and June of this year, new campaign finance disclosures revealed Saturday. That is a marked rise from the campaign's legal expenditures in the first quarter of 2017; for example, $538,265 of that figure went to the organization's primary law firm, Jones Day, which from January to March was paid $190,306, less than half the second quarter payment.
Also included in the total is $50,000 for Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer, paid two weeks before the revelation of Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer and a former Soviet counterintelligence officer in hopes of acquiring incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.
The Trump campaign proper plus two affiliated joint fundraising committees together raised $13.9 million for 2020 in the reported three-month period. The payments to attorneys are legal so long as the lawyers limit their attention to parts of the Russia collusion investigation pertaining to the campaign.