Trump PAC spent more than $40M on legal bills this year as his charges mount: Source

– Donald Trump's PAC, the Save America leadership PAC, spent more than $40 million on legal costs in the first half of 2023 to defend the former president, his advisers, and others.

– The PAC's financial filing detailing the costs was confirmed by sources familiar with the matter and was first reported by The Washington Post.

The legal expenses come at a time when Trump is facing mounting legal troubles, including a superseding indictment related to alleged improper retention of classified documents after leaving office.

– The indictment charged Trump and two others with obstruction counts based on allegations of attempting to delete surveillance video footage at Mar-a-Lago.

– Trump is also separately facing a 34-count indictment in New York state court related to hush money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

– He is a target of an investigation into the events around January 6 and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

– Trump and his allies have consistently encouraged supporters to donate to Save America to cover legal bills and investigations into Trump, his business dealings, and actions on January 6.

– A Trump campaign spokesperson argued that the payments were necessary to combat what they see as "heinous actions" by the Department of Justice and to protect innocent people from financial ruin.

– Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized the PAC's spending on Trump's legal bills, accusing Trump of falsely attacking him and not focusing on defeating Joe Biden.

– The political climate remains tense, with Trump and DeSantis engaging in a war of words over the PAC's spending and other matters.