Trump confidant Roger Stone told The Daily Caller Tuesday that a lawsuit and congressional inquires will likely cost him at least $500,000 in legal fees.
Stone has set up a legal defense fund at WhoframedRogerStone.com to help offset the costs.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has also set up a website to help pay off his legal fees as the financial burden of Russia election interference probes grows for Trump associates.
“They couldn’t beat us in an election so now they try to beat us financially,” Stone told TheDC. Stone is being sued by Project Democracy, which is run by former Obama administration lawyers, for allegedly being involved in the release of emails from Democratic Party officials.
Stone said that this suit will cost more than the preparation for an upcoming hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 26. He also assumes the Senate Intelligence Committee will invite him to testify. The two committees have both launched investigations regarding alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“These f***ers can’t even prove the Russians hacked the [Democratic National Committee (DNC)], because they didn’t…nobody can prove it,” Stone told TheDC. Liberals have focused on Stone’s claim that through a middleman he connected with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who released emails from DNC officials.
“There’s a mindset in Washington if you just repeat a lie over and over, just keep repeating it, you don’t have to come up with proof,” Stone said. “That c***sucker [former CIA Director John Brennan] can say it as many times as he wants, it won’t become true.”
Brennan has testified that he has concerns that Russia might have recruited Trump campaign aides.
Stone told TheDC that he has spent around $100,000 to dismiss the lawsuit from Project Democracy. The longtime political adviser to Trump is not the only person in the president’s orbit facing burdensome legal fees.
Reuters reported Tuesday that President Trump is using donations to his campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay off some of his legal fees, which is a perfectly legal procedure.
An RNC spokesman told Reuters that the party covered a little over $230,000 in legal fees for the president.
The Daily Beast also reported Monday that Flynn’s legal fees are estimated to exceed $1 million.