If You Took A White House Job, The Legal Fees Might Destroy Your Life
Generally speaking, Donald Trump doesn't have to worry too much about his finances when legal troubles are on the horizon, given his Scrooge McDucky opulence. His aides, however, don't have Trumpian pockets ... which is rather unfortunate for them, since everyone who so much as said "hi" to Trump during his presidential campaign is probably going to need a good lawyer pretty soon.
Everyone in the audience is now a "person of interest" just for standing near Michael Flynn.
White House staffers are bound by conflict-of-interest restrictions that limit their ability to accept free legal advice. Even if they manage to get discounts (which isn't as easy as looking on Craigslist, due to all the ethical limitations), the cost of being invited to appear before a grand jury multiple times would still be "financially ruinous." Turns out being investigated by the FBI is an expensive hobby: Trump's whole clan has racked a million bucks in legal fees since the year began. His younger son dropped 50 grand on legal counsel ... before getting his Beavis-esque mug plastered all over the news when his part in the Russia meetings was revealed.
Proximity to Trump guarantees legal acumen that makes the O.J. team look like My Cousin Vinny, but those who are lower on the totem pole have to foot their own bills. A few former advisers to the campaign, like Trump aide Roger Stone and digital director Brad Parscale, have had their interviews delayed while they scurry to find counsel. Flynn, who famously misled Vice President Pence as to the topic of his phone calls with Russia, is setting up a fund to help pay for all of his legal bills. Former communications advisor Michael Caputo jumped off the Trump train in June 2016, and still had to liquidate his kids' college funds to pay for his lawyers. As Caputo put it when asked about those whose fees are paid by Trump money: "Lucky for them. And unlucky for me. And unlucky for my children who are now going to community college."
These poor folks. All they wanted to do was make America great again.
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