The Republican National Committee has agreed to cover up to $1.6 million of former President Donald Trump’s personal legal bills.

The first payments of $121,670 were made in October — and publicly reported last month to the Federal Election Commission — to the firm of Trump’s lawyer Ronald P. Fischetti.

“As a leader of our party, defending President Trump and his record of achievement is critical to the G.O.P.,” said Emma Vaughn, R.N.C. spokeswoman, in a statement. “It is entirely appropriate for the R.N.C. to continue assisting in fighting back against the Democrats’ never-ending witch hunt and attacks on him.”

Prosecutors in Manhattan are deciding whether to charge Trump with fraud — they think he inflated the value of his assets to defraud lenders. The office of the Manhattan DA has questioned one of Trump’s accountants before a grand jury in recent weeks.

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In a separate civil fraud investigation, New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ office is also seeking to question Trump under oath.

“Letitia James wants to politically weaponize her position as Attorney General instead of exemplifying impartiality and protecting the interests of all New Yorkers,” Trump said in a statement earlier this week.

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