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Michael Flynn Is Setting Up Defense Fund To Cover Legal Fees

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn plans to start a defense fund to help raise money to cover legal fees he’s racked up from the Russia probe and other federal investigations.

The Daily Caller confirmed with a source close to Flynn that the retired lieutenant general will be soliciting donations for the fund. Bloomberg News first reported the story on Tuesday.

Flynn’s legal fees could reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, William Jeffress, a white collar criminal defense attorney, told Bloomberg. And if Flynn ends up being charged with a crime, his bills could reach into the seven figures.

Flynn is reportedly under federal investigation because of his lobbying and consulting work during the presidential campaign.

Flynn’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, inked a $600,000 contract in August with a Turkish businessman connected to the Turkish government. Flynn filed as a foreign agent of Turkey in early March, several weeks after President Trump fired him for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about phone calls he had with Russia’s ambassador.

Flynn could also be under investigation for misleading the FBI about those phone calls.

The U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia has reportedly issued grand jury subpoenas in the case involving Flynn’s businesses.

Other Trump associates have spoken out about the burdensome legal expenses they face from the ongoing federal probes.

Michael Caputo, a Trump campaign aide, told the Associated Press that his legal expenses have forced him to liquidate his childrens’ college savings accounts.

“Lucky for them. And unlucky for me. And unlucky for my children who are now going to community college,” said Caputo, who was grilled by the House Intelligence Committee last week as part of its parallel investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

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