According to the Washington Examiner, Len Blatvatnik, a Ukrainian-born billionaire who is now an American citizen with business ties to Russian oligarchs is a contributor to the Republican National Committee’s account, which helps pay for President Trump’s legal fees during the Russia investigation.
Blatvatnik was born in Ukraine and acquired his fortune in Russia before immigrating to the U.S. in his early 20s after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Blatvatnik gave $12,700 to the RNC legal fund in April and approximately $200,000 to other RNC accounts. Last year he gave $100,000 to the Republican National Convention’s legal fund. Although he has contributed to other Republican presidential campaigns, including campaigns for Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Blatvatnik did not contribute to the Trump campaign.
Blatvatnik’s business partner, Viktor Vekselberg has connections to the Kremlin.
The FEC does allow candidates and elected officials to use campaign funds for legal bills, but these generally include Election day issues, such as recounts. Trump would be the first president to use these campaign funds for the legal fees in the Russia investigation.
Vice President Mike Pence will not have the RNC or the campaign help with Russia probe legal fees.
Robert Mueller is now investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether or not Trump had any connection to the Kremlin.