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The RNC may stop funding Trump’s legal fights once he announces, ABC News reported. In 2021, the RNC pledged to pay nearly $2 million in legal fees from Trump. Something is loading.

The Republican National Committee helped former President Donald Trump fund his legal battles, but would stop if he declared a race in 2024, ABC News reported.

The outlet spoke to an unnamed RNC official, who said payments would dry up once Trump announced he was running for the GOP presidential nomination.

The official attributed this to the GOP’s “policy of neutrality,” which means the party must be impartial to all candidates heading into the presidential primary.

The RNC has helped pay for Trump’s legal fights.

In November, he paid more than $121,000 of the former president’s legal fees, which helped fund his fight against a criminal investigation in New York into the financial practices of Trump and the Trump Organization.

In December, the RNC pledged to pay $1.6 million for Trump’s legal battles – again, to help him fend off investigations in New York into whether the Trump Organization was involved in crimes such as tax evasion.

According to ABC News, the amount the RNC has contributed to Trump’s legal battles is now closer to $2 million after making payments in June to a law firm representing Trump.

Representatives from the RNC and Trump’s post-presidential office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

The news that the RNC may end legal funding for Trump comes as Republicans fear that announcing Trump’s 2024 candidacy could torpedo the GOP’s chances of winning the upcoming midterm elections.

In July 2021, for example, a GOP strategist told Insider that an early Trump announcement would be “a complete mess” and a “train wreck for the party.” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan also said this week that GOP governors fear Trump announcing a race before the midterms could cost them seats.

Speculation was rife this month that Trump could declare his 2024 campaign earlier than expected.

Former GOP official Kurt Bardella speculated earlier this month that Trump may announce his race sooner given the mounting criticism he faces and his lack of “impulse control.”

An announcement by Trump could also be a way for the former president to shield himself from damning witness testimony during the Jan. 6 public hearings of the commission.

Trump has teased a presidential race several times. In January, a video emerged that showed Trump calling himself the “45th and 47th presidents.”

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