Trump’s ‘Save America’ Could Pay $156,000 For Every Jan. 6 Rioter’s Defense, But So Far Has Spent Zero

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The former president is sitting on at least $105 million in cash collected by spreading the same lies about the election that instigated the attack on the Capitol.

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Washington – Former President Donald Trump May pay $156,000 in legal expenses for each person so far arrested in the January 6 attack on the Capitol He has collected $105 million He used to instigate the attack by spreading the same lie, but till now not even one of the 700 rioters has been helped.

“Many people who went there that day are disappointed by their lack of support,” a defense attorney said on condition of anonymity, “so as not to damage his January 6 client’s case.” “If President Trump was ever going to step up and step in, the time to do so is now.”

Albert Watkins, attorney for the self-described “QAnon Shaman,” who last week Was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison Speaking to reporters later about what Trump should have done, for his role in the attack, was far more blunt.

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“I’d say to her, ‘You know what? You have some fucking things to do. That includes putting away this fucking mess and taking care of a lot of the assholes you messed with because of January 6th,'” he said. said.

In all, 670 of Trump’s January 6 crowd face five- and six-figure legal bills for believing in Trump’s lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, and on his requests to have a permanent criminal record and five- and six-figure legal bills. Acting that they do something about it.

Cynthia Hughes, who is raising money to help January 6 defendants — her “Patriot Freedom Project” Web site offers visitors the opportunity to make a “1/6 Thanksgiving Pledge” — appeared on Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast and urged Trump to act.

“They’re disappointed they didn’t hear from him. They’re disappointed they didn’t talk,” she said on November 13. “President Trump, I need to hear from you. I need to hear from you right away, because we need your help, and we need to know that you are behind us. That you support those who support you.” We do.”

However, Trump appears to have done nothing to support his followers, outside of the occasional public statement claiming he is being “persecuted” by his successor’s administration.

on March 25 Fox News Presence, he claimed: “They’re haunting a lot of those people.” And in a September 16 statement, he wrote: “Our hearts and minds are with those who are being so unfairly persecuted in connection with the January 6 protest against the rigged presidential election.”

Federal Election Commission records, meanwhile, show that during the first half of this year, Trump did not pay anyone’s legal costs related to Jan. 6, possibly other than his own. Through June 30, Trump’s “Save America” ​​Political The committee paid $206,480 to Election, LLC., the firm co-founded by Justin Clark, one of the attorneys representing Trump in his dealings with the House 6 committee.

How much money was spent in his efforts to keep his involvement in that day’s attack a secret cannot be determined through public records, and neither Trump’s office nor Clarke answered questions.

In all, 140 police officers were injured by Trump’s mob, which resulted in the deaths of five officers, in addition to the four Trump supporters killed that day.

But Trump, both during his impeachment as well as in comments after, refused to take any responsibility for what happened – even though he himself invited his followers to descend on the Capitol on that particular date and In his rally urged him to march on the Capitol to “fight like hell” to persuade the then Vice President mike pence To install Trump into a second term.

A pro-Trump crowd clashes with US Capitol police outside the Senate Chamber of the US Capitol Building on January 6 in Washington, DC
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Many of those arrested in the weeks and months that followed have cited Trump’s sermons as the main reason they came to Washington and entered the Capitol illegally.

“Shaman,” Jacob Chansley actually requested that Trump pardon him before leaving office on Jan. 20. Trump ignored that request, but pardoned Bannon, who helped Trump instigate the January 6 attack, on charges of unrelated theft and fraud. The last hours of his presidency.

“Trump has not offered to pay, much less pay, legal fees,” Watkins said. “To be fair, he was not asked to pay legal fees.”

FEC records show Trump has spent more than a million on legal fees and hundreds of thousands of dollars on staff to raise more money to maintain his public visibility with press releases and political rallies. He has also managed to funnel $180,000 back into his own businesses, including more than $150,000 in rent for a lightly used office at his Trump Tower building in Manhattan.

The $105 million available at the end of June has grown to at least $125 million from Save America, which means Trump has probably raised enough money from his donors to pay for all or all of the legal expenses of all 2,000 of his supporters that wind up. A fee may be charged if the average legal bill is $62,500 or less. Exact figures for Save America’s fundraising and spending for the second half of 2021 won’t be available until January.

Trump became the first president in 232 years of US elections to peacefully refuse to hand over power to his successor.

He spent weeks attacking the legitimacy of November 3, 2020, which he lost, beginning his lie in the hours prior to November 4 that he had indeed won the “landslide” and that his victory was “stolen”. was being done to him. Those lies continued through a long string of unsuccessful lawsuits challenging the results in a handful of states.

Trump and some of his advisers also discussed using the military by declaring the Insurrection Act or martial law to retain power despite losing elections, including confiscating voting machines and “re-voting” in states won by Democrat Joe Biden. Including ordering.

But military leaders had previously made it clear that they would not involve themselves in the political process, so after the Electoral College finally voted on December 14, making Biden’s victory official, Trump put pressure on his own vice president. Turned to a last-ditch plan to make. Biden won the ballots of millions of voters in several states and declared Trump the winner during a pro forma congressional certification of the election results on January 6.

Trump told his followers to come to Washington that day and then to the tens of thousands who marched on the Capitol to intimidate Pence into doing what Trump wanted. “When you catch someone cheating, you’re allowed to go by very different rules,” Trump said.

The crowd of supporters provoked him and tried to do his bidding by storming the building. They also chanted “Hang Mike Pence” after the vice president refused to comply with Trump’s demands.

One police officer was killed after the attack during the rebellion, and four others took their own lives in the days and weeks that followed. One of the rioters was fatally shot as she climbed through a broken window into a room of members of the household, and three others in the crowd died during the scuffle.

Although the House impeached Trump for inciting the attack, all seven Senate Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, pleaded not guilty — allowing Trump to continue his political career, even That his post-election actions faced multiple scrutiny.

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