Trump Legal Fund Adds Fire To Ethics Rule Debate

Law360 (September 3, 2019, 4:41 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has spent the summer inching closer to new ethics rules on legal expense funds, just as a controversial fund for Trump administration officials that fueled a push for the rules has come back in the spotlight.

In mid-July, financial disclosures revealed that Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust LLC had helped cover legal bills for two presidential aides and a top Jared Kushner aide. Around the same time, the ethics watchdog was meeting with other agency officials to prepare a new proposed rule for similar funds, which are trusts set up to pay legal bills for...

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