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Trump spent $76 million over last two years on attorneys as legal troubles mount ahead of election

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Money is NO Object to this man, when you are a money making machine $76mil. is just another sunrise.

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“He seems to be able to raise a lot of money, so I wouldn’t really worry about the long term impact on his campaign,” Briffault said.

Don't worry!

The mega-churches, televangelists and old school corporate oligarchs who want a corporate -friendly religious conservative authoritarian USA have his back.

https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-spawned-a-new-group-of-mega-donors-who-now-hold-sway-over-gops-future

https://www.economist.com/christmas-specials/2023/12/20/many-trump-supporters-believe-god-has-chosen-him-to-rule

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Money is NO Object to this man, when you are a money making machine $76mil. is just another sunrise.

Indeed. Money is no object when your idiot followers will gladly fork over money to pay his legal bills. Trump's massive legal bills are draining GOP finances in a number of states.

I digress. Imagine paying $76 million just to get an $83 million judgement against you.

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Most important, MOST Americans do not like weaponization of legal partisan warfare being directed at Trump by DOJ and d's operatives = Un-Democratic!

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It wasn’t his money. It was his cult rubes’

And for spending all that money, he sure hired “the best people”, lol.

Lawyers indicted or pleading to crimes. Lawyers getting disbarred. Layers getting hit with civil judgments.

Rudi scored the idiot’s trifecta!

And for all that money, 4 indictments encompassing 91 felony counts, TWO (because one didn’t teach him a lesson) defamation judgments totaling about 90 million, and the imminent demise of the Trump “organization” as a niche boutique firm.

So. Much. Losing.

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More like violations of campaign finance laws.

Fixed it for you.

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So which trial is starting before he has already secured the nomination?

poor Jack Smith, his show trial is indefinitely delayed.

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“Trump suffered a stinging loss in the Carroll case. Juries awarded her more than $88 million.”

It worked too, he stopped defaming her. His foot stamping has avoided naming her since.

Habba won’t be defending him in the appeal.

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JohnToday  10:43 am JST

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More like violations of campaign finance laws.

Fixed it for you.

How wrong you are, money's fungible, donor's get their Tax deductions, Trump's lawyers disclose to donors that their funds may be used for legal costs related to re-election and election interference by d partisans & DOJ.

So sorry to break the bad news but again, these legal attacks are ONLY helping TRUMP if one believes polling!

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Yeah Stormy was celebrating her “win” in a defamation case too. Then she lost the appeal and owes Trump money now.

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Trump will be dead and gone of old age before these legal fees are paid.

You can bet on that!

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poor Jack Smith, his show trial is indefinitely delayed.

Corrupt Jack Smith is no match for buff Trump!

And far-left Marxist Fanni Willis’ affair will prove without a doubt that the charges against our superhero are totally unfounded and partisan-witch-hunt-like!

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All paid for by the MAGA rube. This is justice. Going to leave his campaign reduced to facebook ads.

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I just hope all the attorney's are smart enough to get paid BEFORE they help. Trump defaulted on a few prior lawyer's. Trumps lawyers only have 3 plays.

1) Deny

2) Delay

3) Deflect

It is hard to defend the guilty when there is so much evidence.

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As Mencken famously said: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." The brazen wastrel from Queens learned this lesson early and lived his whole life grifting and grafting on the knowledge that there is no shortage of poor chumps willing to give a rich man his change.

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HopeSpringsEternal

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Most important, MOST Americans do not like weaponization of legal partisan warfare being directed at Trump by DOJ and d's operatives = Un-Democratic!

I agree. Luckily, that's not happening.

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HopeSpringsEternal

So sorry to break the bad news but again, these legal attacks are ONLY helping TRUMP if one believes polling!

They aren't legal attacks. They are holding Trump to account for his crimes.

Also, sorry to break the bad news but again, the polling is very bad for Trump if he is convicted.

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Whether spending political donations on personal legal fees is legal is still unanswered. If judgment comes down that it is not and Trump is ordered to reimburse his PACs, he will be finished. https://www.reuters.com/world/us/can-trump-use-political-donations-pay-legal-defense-2023-08-01/

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Corrupt Jack Smith is no match for buff Trump!

Pretty much.

And far-left Marxist Fanni Willis’ affair will prove without a doubt that the charges against our superhero are totally unfounded and partisan-witch-hunt-like!

Yes, in a nutshell.

“Trump suffered a stinging loss in the Carroll case. Juries awarded her more than $88 million.”

It worked too, he stopped defaming her. His foot stamping has avoided naming her since.

Habba won’t be defending him in the appeal

She will not see that money, anywhere nowhere near that amount.

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An Associated Press analysis of new Federal Election Commission filings shows the payments to Bartov are among $54 million in legal expenditures made last year by Trump’s political fundraising machine. The spending came as Trump has been battling multiple lawsuits and dozens of felony charges in four criminal cases.

Save America accounted for the bulk of the payments, with 84% of the committee’s spending going toward legal costs.

MAGA - More Americans Getting Grifted....

Trump is running again for only two reasons, not the border, not the economy, not crime...

He's running to continue the "Great Grift" of his supporters, sucking every last penny from their wallets to pay his quack lawyers...and to stay off his convictions in court...

What do you think about that MAGA-friends - your hard earned money went to a bunch of lawyers that lost judgments in his NY business fraud trial and E Jean Carroll's sexual assault case...and lost them badly...

Then there are all your dollars that went to lawyers Powell, Cheseboro, and Ellis - who have all now copped a plea and are testifying AGAINST him...

Trump bankrupted six companies - and now he'll bankrupt you...

Just ask Rudy Giuliani...

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She will not see that money, anywhere nowhere near that amount.

Why do you think so? Do you believe he will win an appeal? Most legal experts think he will lose an appeal.

Let’s bookmark your prediction. It’s always nice to look back on them.

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D's hoping for hail-marry from a partisan judge and DOJ, but public's not buying it, thinks its Anti-Democratic.

Nothing resolved prior to election, more proof Biden's got nothing but High Prices, Open Borders & War/Chaos!

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Call him a racist/fascist/insurrectionist - didn't work.

Shouldn't he be in jail by now? - didn't work.

Kick him of the ballot and try to bankrupt him. Clearly both of these won't work either.

Try something different - like being popular with the American voting public.

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The MAGA mind and comments are well described by a quote by Blaise Pascal

The best defense against logic is ignorance.

And the following will probably well confirm his thesis.

Scroll up and scroll down for proof.

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Biden keeps his insiders, "why's Trump still around?! You promised with your legal attacks he'd be taken care of!

Now he's blocking my Ukraine Proxy War Funding, his SOH has me under impeachment inquiry with tons $dirt's getting out, Hunter's charged with multiple felonies, Trump's more popular, running things, not you guys!"

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And the best argument against fact must be deflection, based on the usual posters.

Trump is winning the election, deflect all you want.

He will not be off the ballot, he will not be in jail (trial indefinitely postponed) and he will not be bankrupt, as everything so far is under appeal in less biased courts.

deal with it.

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All of it is someone else's money. MAGA mugs. Time for another T-shirt.

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Why do you think so?

Because it’s headed for an appeal, so it’s going to take a very long time before any settlement is reached if any.

Do you believe he will win an appeal?

He could.

Most legal experts think he will lose an appeal.

Well, we shall see, because they have to see if the trial was fair, was Trump treated fairly, was her claim justified, a lot, we just have to wait and see.

Let’s bookmark your prediction. It’s always nice to look back on them.

Sure.

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Trump is low on cash and looking to sell some assets.

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There are rubes and then there are Trump rubes. lol

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And the best argument against fact must be deflection, based on the usual posters.

Indeed...

Trump is winning the election, deflect all you want.

I'd say deflect is ignoring the basis of the article which is Trump's legal losses and quack lawyers...

He will not be off the ballot, he will not be in jail (trial indefinitely postponed) and he will not be bankrupt, as everything so far is under appeal in less biased courts.

1) True, may not be off the ballot, 2) Will definitely be in jail, 3) Likely will be bankrupt - if he can't keep his yap shut about Carroll... Maybe the next judgment will be for $787 million - has a nice ring to it...

deal with it.

You'd better...

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Blacklabel

And the best argument against fact must be deflection, based on the usual posters.

Trump is winning the election, deflect all you want.

Actually, not according to the latest polls. (But it is too early to read much into polls.)

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Well, we shall see, because they have to see if the trial was fair, was Trump treated fairly, was her claim justified, a lot, we just have to wait and see.

2 trials, both with unanimous and very fast jury decisions.

He could always blame it on NYC I suppose. Do you think that would work?

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In jail for what? As the result of which case?

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In jail for what? As the result of which case?

All of them. For all the crimes he committed. reee

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All of them. For all the crimes he committed. reee

What crimes?

He could always blame it on NYC I suppose.

True

Do you think that would work?

In an appeals case, yes. At the most they will probably settle out of court for a certain amount, but it won’t be $83 million, that’s for sure. Anyway, this will be in the courts for years, so no worries.

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Maga 2024!

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What crimes?

All of them. All the crimes he's been charged with.

Read the indictments.

In an appeals case, yes. At the most they will probably settle out of court for a certain amount, but it won’t be $83 million, that’s for sure. Anyway, this will be in the courts for years, so no worries.

lol They're not settling out of court after Trump already lost. To appeal the decision, Trump will have to put up the $83 million. So Trump will lose his appeal and the money will immediately paid to his victim.

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But there are no active criminal cases that will be resolved through all appeals by Election Day.

Lol That's not true.

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Do you think that would work?

In an appeals case, yes.

The basis of his appeal will be ‘It’s NYC fault’?

I don’t think that’s a winning approach but you do you.

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-trial-delayed-special-counsel-jack-smiths-jan-6-investigation

“indefinitely delayed”.

Is that bad? Sounds bad.

name a case that isn’t delayed and that has started and that will be resolved with appeals in 8 months? You surely can name ONE?

jussie was found guilty 3-4 years ago he still isn’t in jail.

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Lol That's not true.

but you seem to be unable to name one.

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“indefinitely delayed”.

Yes, pending the ruling on Trump's desperate claim of absolute immunity.

name a case that isn’t delayed and that has started and that will be resolved with appeals in 8 months?

Sure, this latest delay means the New York case can begin in the next 8 WEEKS. It says a sad lot about one when you're hoping and praying the court cases of one's favorite crook can be delayed long enough so he can pardon himself.

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Donald Trump-owned 1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $1.1 million at auction.

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All of them. All the crimes he's been charged with. 

Ok, so once again, nothing.

lol They're not settling out of court after Trump already lost. To appeal the decision, Trump will have to put up the $83 million.

No, he doesn’t. It will head to the appeals court and then the process begins if everything was on the legal side and excited properly, both sides will be able to make their case, and there will be a determination if the courts over, reached, or if this woman and her story has any validity, what is the judgment too much, all that will be taken into consideration before any judgment is ushered, and again it could take years

So Trump will lose his appeal and the money will immediately paid to his victim.

You have absolutely no idea if Trump will lose an appeal or not you don’t know that, and I don’t know that, the only thing that I do know for certainty it is going for an appeal, he should appeal it.

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Donald Trump-owned 1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $1.1 million at auction.

Ok, and?

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Did he pay?

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the New York case can begin in the next 8 WEEKS.

Oh the “hush money” case from 8 years ago with previously imprisoned liar Michael Cohen and Stormy who lost appeals twice and still owes Trump money?

thats “the one” now? Hilarious!

but Michael Avenatti has the goods on Trump! Just you wait!

Wait, what? He’s in….jail?

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Valet Walt Nauta (mentioned in the article) is another victim of this lawfare. Guam born, 20 years of fruitful service to the Navy, fantastic cook, never got a parking ticket and always looking out for others.

But Jack Smith wants to send him up the river.

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Ok, so once again, nothing.

No, not "nothing" 91 indictment. He's on tape admitting to some of the crimes.

No, he doesn’t.

Yes he does. It's called an appeal bond.

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/appeal-bond.asp

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/cash-appeal-trump-has-to-post-83-3-million-while-fighting-e-jean-carrolls-jury-award-where-will-the-money-come-from-3986c56b

You have absolutely no idea if Trump will lose an appeal or not you don’t know that, and I don’t know that, the only thing that I do know for certainty it is going for an appeal, he should appeal it.

Oh yes I do. On what ground is Trump appealing? You can't answer that, because it's nonsense. It's jus a delay tactic.

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thats “the one” now? Hilarious!

Who said anything about "new?"

You asked what case could come forward in the next 8 months, and I gave you one that can come forward in the next 8 weeks.

The fact that Trump's attorney did time for this very crime, should give you pause.

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He will not be off the ballot, he will not be in jail (trial indefinitely postponed) and he will not be bankrupt, as everything so far is under appeal in less biased courts. 

deal with it.

He will go to trial on multiple felony counts. He will be convicted because he is guilty AF.

The January 6th insurrection case is delayed but not long enough to save him.

He will be the first convicted felon to be his party’s nominee and they will be stuck with him.

And the non-cult electorate will abandon him.

Deal with that.

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Blacklabel

All of them. For all the crimes he committed. reee

But there are no active criminal cases that will be resolved through all appeals by Election Day.

Likely the DC case and documents case will.

But it wouldn't matter anyway, they can be resolved after Election Day. Election Day makes no difference.

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No, not "nothing" 91 indictment. He's on tape admitting to some of the crimes.

Seems like the Dems plans are turning out the way they wanted.

Yes he does. It's called an appeal bond. 

A deposit, not the entire amount, not going to happen.

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2024/01/28/she-wont-get-a-dime-e-jean-carroll-may-not-get-the-quick-payday-trump-foes-think-1431702/

Oh yes I do.

Wait! Because you say so?

On what ground is Trump appealing?

Unjust

You can't answer that,

I just did.

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A deposit, not the entire amount, not going to happen.

looks like someone didn't even bother reading the link. Oops!

An appeal bond is an amount of money placed in holding while an appeal is being decided. An appeal bond is supplied by the appellant who is appealing the lower court's judgment and is usually in the amount of the original judgment (though it could be more).

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looks like someone didn't even bother reading the link. Oops!

Oops is right.

As the left does cartwheels over the prospect of Trump having to pay Carroll such a ridiculous sum, many of the former president’s supporters are hoping she never sees a dime of his money.

“side from any appeal this can possibly drag out for years,” one user wrote on X. “If that happens she won’t see a dime of that money.”

“He’ll likely never pay a dime on these completely fraudulent cases,” said another.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday  10:37 am JST

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Most important, MOST Americans do not like weaponization of legal partisan warfare being directed at Trump by DOJ and d's operatives = Un-Democratic!

They'd better learn to live with it because that's what Trump will be doing to his opponents if he gets re-elected.

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Trump's impending federal trial (scheduled for March 4) was suspended indefinitely on Friday by the judge.

Probably won't get started until next year.

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They'd better learn to live with it because that's what Trump will be doing to his opponents if he gets re-elected.

I doubt it, but if he does, the Dems have themselves to blame for it, so….

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Who was it that said this:

‘If I happen to be president and I see somebody doing well and beating me very badly, I say go down and indict them’

I'm not an expert on US politics and I'm not going to comment again on this topic because I'm not obsessed with it, but I don't think it was Joe Biden.

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I'm not an expert on US politics

Yes

and I'm not going to comment again on this topic because I'm not obsessedwith it, but I don't think it was Joe Biden.

Trump said a lot of things that didn’t come true. Biden as well, take it with a grain of salt, but at the same time given what the left has and continues to do to Trump, I mean, who wouldn’t be ticked? I would.

What does that have to do with Trump having to put up all $83+ million of settlement money upfront?

He is not putting up that amount. That’s why he is appealing the case.

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He is not putting up that amount. That’s why he is appealing the case.

He is putting up that amount, or he won't be able to appeal. We've already established this.

An appeal bond is an amount of money placed in holding while an appeal is being decided. An appeal bond is supplied by the appellant who is appealing the lower court's judgment and is usually in the amount of the original judgment (though it could be more).

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He is putting up that amount, or he won't be able to appeal. We've already established this.

No, he’s not because he didn’t even start using his constitutional rights. She’s. It going to see that amount right away, if at all.

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https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/01/30/e-jean-carroll-appearance-on-maddow-n2169400#google_vignette

I think it is quite possible if not reversed, the award will be reduced. 

Some thought Carroll shouldn't be counting her chickens, and many thought that she might never see any of the money. Some questioned the laughter, given the alleged claims Carroll made. Some who said they were rape survivors were not amused. 

But no doubt that the best response from Trump, in addition to appealing, would be to win, if he becomes the nominee, as looks likely.

-Leo Torell

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The fact that Trump's attorney did time for this very crime, should give you pause.

odd way to describe Michael Cohen innit?

He did time for lying to Congress, did he not?

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HopeSpringsEternal

Partisan legal attacks on Trump orchestrated by Biden's DOJ and d operatives is back firing.

There are no partisan legal attacks on Trump. He was indicted by grand juries.

American's keep asking, Does Biden have anything to run on except High Prices, Open Borders &War/Chaos?

Oh, low inflation, record jobs numbers, record stock market, cheap insulin, reduced drug prices, infrastructure act, the ChiPS Act, student debt forgiveness.

And an economy that is starting to look real good.

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No, he’s not because he didn’t even start using his constitutional rights. She’s. It going to see that amount right away, if at all.

Lol no. You have to put up the full amount as an appeal bond. If he doesn't do that, he can't appeal his case.

odd way to describe Michael Cohen innit?

No, it's an accurate way to describe Michael Cohen.

Lying to congress wasn't the only crime he committed. He also did time for the hush money case, which is what should give you some pause.

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So Michael Cohen was found guilty of the crime and was jailed.

moving on then.

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That 83.3 million isn’t going to stand on appeal. Overemotional jury fueled by biased court and rabid press.

Amen brother, it's not going to stand because emotionally invested Trump supporters say so. Great point, smart point, all the smartest people are saying so.

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Lol no. You have to put up the full amount as an appeal bond.

No, he does not.

If he doesn't do that, he can't appeal his case. 

He can put a deposit, that’s it. It’s a civil case, remember?

odd way to describe Michael Cohen innit?

No, it's an accurate way to describe Michael Cohen. 

Lying to congress wasn't the only crime he committed.

How many Dems lied to Congress??

.

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So Michael Cohen was found guilty of the crime and was jailed.

Yes, the same crime Trump participated in. You know, signing his name on the check. reeee

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He can put a deposit, that’s it. It’s a civil case, remember?

Yeah, I do remember. It says the deposit is the full amount. Not a fraction of the judgement as you erroneously claimed.

An appeal bond is an amount of money placed in holding while an appeal is being decided. An appeal bond is supplied by the appellant who is appealing the lower court's judgment and is usually in the amount of the original judgment (though it could be more).

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Yeah, I do remember. It says the deposit is the full amount. Not a fraction of the judgement as you erroneously claimed.

That is impossible. Then there would be no reason for an appeal.

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There are no partisan legal attacks on Trump. He was indicted by grand juries.

Who put those grand juries together?

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