Trump allies on the Republican National Committee want to help pay his legal bills

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A increasing number of Republican National Committee members judge its campaign arm should thief salary mounting ineligible bills for erstwhile President Donald Trump, a move that could strain nan party’s expertise to financially support different candidates successful nan 2024 election.

RNC Committeeman Solomon Yue, who is from Oregon, told CNBC he believes “more than a majority” of members are successful favour of helping offset nan bills from Trump’s lawyers successful 4 pending criminal cases, and astatine slightest 3 different civilian cases.

“I support nan RNC paying President Trump’s ineligible bills,” Yue said.

That support by Yue and others led to nan conclusion Tuesday of a projected solution by RNC committee personnel Henry Barbour that would person barred nan group from paying those bills erstwhile Trump becomes nan presumptive GOP statesmanlike nominee, who is simply a billionaire.

“The solution is dead,” Barbour told Reuters.

He did not return CNBC’s petition for comment.

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley dropped retired of nan Republican statesmanlike information title Wednesday, making it each but definite that Trump soon will cod nan minimum 1,215 delegates he needs to go nan party’s presumptive nominee.

When Barbour first projected his solution successful February, Trump’s elder run advisor Chris LaCivita — who Trump has endorsed to go nan adjacent RNC main operating serviceman — told reporters nan committee would not beryllium utilized to salary Trump’s ineligible bills.

And nan RNC historically has raised money to support candidates up and down nan ballot, not to salary for a candidate’s ineligible bills.

But that history and LaCivita’s committedness mightiness not matter fixed nan level of support for nan thought by a increasing group of nan RNC’s voting members.

Ronna McDaniel, who has led nan RNC since 2017, plans to step down at its outpouring gathering successful Houston connected Friday.

There besides mightiness beryllium a determination made astatine that gathering connected whether nan RNC will salary for Trump’s ineligible bills.

Trump’s governmental cognition paid almost $50 cardinal for ineligible fees past year, according to an NBC News analysis of Federal Election Commission filings.

Those fees are apt to beryllium moreover higher this twelvemonth arsenic Trump faces much than 90 criminal counts successful cases related to efforts to reverse his nonaccomplishment successful nan 2020 predetermination to President Joe Biden, his retention of classified documents aft leaving nan White House, and a hush money costs to porn prima Stormy Daniels earlier nan 2016 election.

Trump is besides trying to reverse 3 civilian lawsuit judgments successful courts successful New York that person ordered him to salary astir $550 cardinal successful damages.

The RNC, meanwhile, entered February pinch conscionable $8.7 cardinal connected manus aft raising astir $11 million.

The party’s comparatively paltry coffers could amended erstwhile Trump starts to fund-raise pinch nan RNC.

Yue said Trump’s expected efforts to raise money for nan RNC justifies nan thought of nan committee paying his ineligible fees.

Yue believes that portion of nan RNC’s larger fundraising efforts should beryllium focused connected helping offset Trump’s ineligible fees arsenic portion of his predetermination run against Biden.

“Winning this lawfare is to conclusion Biden’s reelection successful November,” Yue said successful an email to CNBC. 

“The only ngo of nan Republican National Committee is to elite our presumptive nominee Trump arsenic nan 47th President,” Yue wrote.