>> A team of lawyers has assembled to defend the President in the expanding probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. So who's paying for all this? Reuters has learned from two people familiar with the matter that President Trump is using money donated to his reelection campaign and the RNC to pay for his lawyers in the probe.
Reuters correspondent Ginger Gibson.>> Campaigns often spend money on legal procedural issues. Things like ballot access, recount, complying with state and federal laws or human resource questions. This is an unusual campaign expense or expense for the RNC. For starters, we don't normally see such sprawling legal investigations that require so much response from a sitting president.
The last time we did was Bill Clinton who opted not to use campaign funds because he likely would not have been allowed at that time and instead, collected donations as part of a legal defense fund. In Trump's case the move away from public financing of presidential campaigns to collecting donations from private individuals is allowing him to do that, which really makes it unprecedented in the modern campaign finance era.
>> Reuters could not determine how large a legal bill Trump has incurred to date. The probe headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, is looking into any ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian efforts to sway the election. And into whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey who was overseeing the investigation.
According to the latest fillings, Trump's re-election fund had almost $12 million on hand by the end of June. When asked how the President's legal bills are being paid, Trump's lead lawyer John Dowd telling Reuters, quote, that's none of your business.