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RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel unsure of legality of paying Trump administration's Russia legal fees

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said the organization will always look to support the president but that she'd first have to look into the legality using its legal defense fund for Russia-related investigations. (AP Photo/Christopher Hermann)

The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee is not sure whether her organization could pay the legal fees of President Trump and other administration officials involved in various Russia investigations.

A day after The Washington Post reported that people close to Trump are pushing for the RNC to pay for Russia-related legal fees, Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel couldn't provide a clear answer as to whether it could happen.

"First of all, I don't even know if that's legal, if we would even be allowed to do that," Romney McDaniel said Friday on WMAL's "Mornings on the Mall" radio show. "So there's just nothing that I can comment on on that front right now. So that would have to go through the lawyers first before it would come to us."

The Post, citing three people with knowledge of the discussions, reported that the RNC is researching whether its legal defense fund could legally be used to pay for the defense of White House officials facing Russia probes.

The RNC normally uses its defense fund to pay for legal challenges facing the Republican Party, such as an election recount.

Romney McDaniel said a move to potentially pay for Russia-related legal fees would have to be supported by the RNC's donors.

"I'm always going to look to support the president," she said. "But we've gotta just make sure that anything we do is legal, and then we'd have to talk to people who donated to us and make sure they'd want to do it that way. There's other ways to support the president. There's a legal defense fund that you could start. There's lots of other ways. But we, of course, support the president."