David Fahrenthold, The Washington Submit:
There is no such thing as a precedent for this.
This — simply type of step again and clarify why there is no such thing as a precedent. President — former President Trump just isn’t a Republican candidate. He is not a Republican officeholder. And the investigations he’s dealing with don’t have anything to do along with his time in workplace. All of them predate — they deal with his enterprise within the years earlier than he ran for president. So there is no such thing as a connection to the Republican Get together or Republican officeholders concerned right here.
However the Republican Get together nonetheless is paying this cash. And, clearly, Trump has a pot of cash in his packet. He has cash in his enterprise. He may afford this, however they’re paying his payments anyway.
And what they are saying, what the Republican Get together says, is, effectively, we see this as a political assault on Trump, a well-known Republican. That is Democrats out to get him in New York. And so we’re completely happy to pay his payments.
What I believe is de facto happening right here is that Trump, though he’s out of workplace and isn’t operating, is a linchpin in Republican fund-raising efforts. He’s the important thing to the RNC’s fund-raising future. And if he had been to activate them, if he had been to go away, if he had been to speak dangerous about them, that could possibly be devastating.
So they could be paying to type of preserve him of their — to maintain themselves in his good graces.