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Flynn Plans Defense Fund to Pay Trump Russia Probe Legal Bills

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn plans to set up a fund to raise money to pay his legal bills stemming from multiple investigations into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia, according to a person close to Flynn. 

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Flynn may become the first associate of President Donald Trump to begin raising money for legal costs associated with the Russia investigation, though others also are weighing how to finance their legal defenses. So far, Trump’s campaign organization has only footed legal bills related to the investigation for the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., according to records of expenses through the end of June.

Even if Flynn is never charged with a crime, his legal costs could reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, said William Jeffress, a lawyer with Baker Botts. The tab could easily climb to $1 million for a criminal defense, Jeffress added.

Legal preparations to establish Flynn’s defense fund are already underway, said the person close to Flynn.

Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who was a top adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, was forced to resign from his position as White House national security adviser just weeks into the presidency. Administration officials said Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about the content of his calls with the Russian ambassador during the transition.

He has since become a focus of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into whether the campaign had any links with Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 election. Democrats have previously raised questions about Flynn’s contacts with the Russian government before the campaign.

“It is mighty expensive to get investigated these days,” said Jeffress, who represented I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby during an investigation into a leak that revealed the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame. “The…

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