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FACT CHECK: Has Donald Trump Spent Over $40 Million On His Legal Defense?

post shared on social media Former President Donald Trump’s PAC Save America claims it has already spent tens of millions of dollars in Trump’s legal costs.

Verdict: Unsubstantiated

PAC has spent exorbitant amounts on litigation costs, which the FEC filing lists at about $20 million. Officials told media that PAC spent nearly $40 million.

Fact check:

President Trump has been indicted on four counts related to attempted sabotage of the 2020 election, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C. by Special Counsel Jack Smith, reportedly. new york times. The former president pleaded not guilty to all charges before a federal district court magistrate. CBS news report.

The Twitter post alleges that Trump-owned Save America PAC has spent more than $40 million in legal fees. The post shares this information in text, citing The New York Times, and also shares an image of a poster with a “DeSantis for the President” hat.

“Today is Monday, July 31st,” the post read in part. “Ron DeSantis is doing great. He spent time in New Hampshire yesterday. He will be interviewed by Brett Byer today. We are officially announcing that we have spent more than anything else, and more than we have collected in the entire second quarter of 2023.”

there are some credible reportinginclude BBC and Washington Post, tSuggests Save America PAC spent $40 million on Trump’s legal battle. Even in “Check Your Fact”, new york times This article covers $60 million that users claim to have returned to PAC. This article was most likely quoted in a tweet.

The Federal Election Commission found that Save America PAC spent $20 million in Trump’s legal costs in response to Check Your Fact’s request for information on Save America’s finances regarding Trump’s legal battle. Provided submissions by June 30 showing The FEC declined to comment on reports that PAC spent $40 million.

CBS news A source close to the Trump campaign reportedly confirmed on condition of anonymity that Save America spent nearly $40 million. new york times PAC raised $105 million last year, but reported that it now has just $4 million on hand. (Related: Did RFK Jr. meet with then-President Trump to head Vaccine Safety Commission?)

Check Your Fact has reached out to the Trump campaign and Save America for further comment on legal expenditures in Mr Trump’s defense.

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