Republican Tries To Turn RNC Against Trump

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( – Former Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) argued that Republican National Committee (RNC) leaders needed to pledge that no funds would be given to cover the legal fees of former President Donald Trump. This latest statement came as the concerns surrounding the legal fees that Trump has to pay have been heightened. 

Hutchinson, who dropped out of the presidential race last month, took to X, formerly known as Twitter to argue that no one should be selected as the RNC leader unless they pledged that the limited resources available would not be used to pay the legal fines and fees of the former President. These remarks came only days after a New York judge determined that Trump was required to pay over $355 million after being found liable for fraud over his practice of inflating and deflating the value of his assets to benefit from better business deal terms. 

Apart from the civil fraud case, a different judge ruled that Trump was required to pay $83.3 million to columnist E. Jean Carroll for having defamed her after he repeatedly slammed the woman for bringing forward the sexual abuse claims against him. 

Federal election filings recently showed that Trump’s fundraising committees had spent close to $30 million to cover the legal fees of the former President during the second half of 2023. 

Many Republicans have also expressed concerns that Trump might potentially attempt to use the RNC in order to pay for his legal fees especially after he endorsed for chair and co-chair of the committee Michael Whatley and Lara Trump respectively. 

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