How much will Trump’s impeachment trial cost?
Trump’s impeachment trial ended on Saturday without a conviction. As lawmakers close their dramatic arguments for and against the impeachment of alumni President Trump for incitement to insurgency, some wonder: how much did the lawsuit cost the taxpayers? How much did it cost Trump?
Turns out it’s not entirely clear, and estimates vary widely. Roll Call estimates that the first impeachment trial in January 2020 cost $ 1.83 million. Another estimate, from the Heritage Foundation, put the price at $ 3.06 million, including the salaries of not only lawmakers, but also 106 members of Congress and six lawyers.
While the figure does not include the Senate trial, the amount through December is significantly lower than the impeachment inquiry and trial of President Bill Clinton two decades ago. According to CNN, the independent investigation into Clinton cost taxpayers $ 80 million in 1994.
But Trump’s first impeachment trial was much longer than the second – the Senate debated Trump’s impeachment for two weeks and six days in 2020, but only five days in 2021.
Yahoo! Finance estimated Trump’s first impeachment at $ 11.5 million.
They calculated that for every dollar of taxes in 2019, the cost is $ 0.0000026 against the background of the $ 4.4 trillion spent in 2019 by the federal government.
Strengthening security around the Capitol in light of the Jan.6 attack reportedly cost an additional $ 519 million.
Meanwhile, the cost of Trump’s current defense could not be confirmed, but he will not be paid by taxes. Until November 2020, the Republican Party has paid the law firms of Jay Sekulow and Jane Raskin $ 225,000 since 2017, when they were appointed to Trump’s legal team.
The RNC is likely to pay the duo until February in the middle of the second impeachment trial, people familiar with the Washington Post have told.
Because Trump is on trial because of his status as an official or a candidate, election law allows him to dip into campaign or party funds for his legal bills. “We are more than happy to cover some of the costs of defending the president against this fictitious partisan impeachment,” said Mike Reed, RNC’s deputy chief of staff for communications.