A Florida lawyer brought on by Donald Trump to help defend him against potential government prosecution over the classified material recovered by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago, received a $3 million payment in advance, sources familiar with the matter tell The Wall Street Journal.
Chris Kise cited the unprecedented nature of the investigation and Trump’s reputation for not paying his legal bills.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Several lawyers approached by Mr. Trump’s team last month said they refused to take the job both because they didn’t think the former president would follow their advice and that he was known not to pay some bills, they said.
Mr. Kise avoided at least the issue of nonpayments by securing $3 million in advance and, if the case drags, the leeway to bill for more, according to people aware of the discussions. He could also eventually end up handling some of the issues surrounding a separate probe into Mr. Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
As the Journal points out, Kise served as Florida’s solicitor general and worked on the transition teams of Florida former GOP Gov. Rick Scott and current GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Read the full report over at The Wall Street Journal.