President Trump will provide some financial assistance to campaign associates and White House staff facing steep legal bills amid various Russia investigations.
A White House official told Axios that the president has pledged to spend at least $430,000 of his own money, which is the estimated amount the Republican National Committee has said footing the bill for lawyers representing Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr.
However, the unnamed official said that the president is not reimbursing the RNC.
The exact method by which the president plans to make the payment is unclear, and the White House official said, "We're working on appropriate legal and ethical approval."
The RNC too faced legal questions when it was revealed that it was looking to pay for the Trump administration's Russia probe legal fees. The RNC normally uses its defense fund to pay for legal challenges facing the Republican Party, such as an election recount, and over the summer RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said a move to potentially pay for Russia-related legal fees would have to be supported by the RNC's donors.
Whether the RNC will continue covering legal fees related to the Russia investigations was unknown as of last month, according to an RNC official.
The White House official also told Axios that the president could dedicate more of his money to the cause in the future.