It’s not enough that Donald Trump has been using the money fundraised for his nonexistent “2020 reelection campaign” to pay his son’s legal fees in the Russia scandal. Now it turns out the Republican National Committee itself is paying Trump’s own legal fees in the scandal. This is an incredible and unprecedented move, one which has absolutely no above-board explanation. I think I know the real reason for it.
At this point the RNC isn’t even trying to hide the fact that it’s paying the six figure tabs for Donald Trump’s Russia attorneys. In fact an RNC spokesperson is flat out admitting it to CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond (link). The most straightforward underhanded explanation for this would be that the Republican Party is trying to prop up Trump at least a bit longer, so it can continue to try to ram through its own legislation before inevitably having to participate in ousting him. But this runs a lot deeper.
Consider that Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been caught taking millions of dollars from a pro-Kremlin oligarch, through the flimsiest of barely legal methods (link). He wasn’t the only one; Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also took a million dollars from that same oligarch, when he wasn’t even running for reelection, and then Donald Trump somehow magically won Wisconsin (link). Also consider that Reince Priebus is confirmed to have been at Trump Tower on the day Donald Trump Jr met with Russian government representatives to try to rig the election (link). At the time, Priebus was the Chair of the RNC.
While we still don’t know precisely what RNC Chair Priebus was doing at Trump Tower on the day of the Russia meeting, and while we still don’t know precisely why the Kremlin was buying off Republicans in key positions, we do know that the Republican Party played some role in rigging the election for Donald Trump. If and when his Russia scandal is fully exposed, it may take half the party down with him. No wonder the RNC is paying for his lawyers.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report