According to recent book by David Enrich, a business investigations journalist with the New York Times, former president Donald Trump reportedly attempted to pay off almost $2 million in legal bills with a deed to a horse. The Guardian, which acquired an advance copy of the book titled “Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump, and the Corruption of Justice,” published this anecdote on Monday before it was officially published.
According to Enrich’s book, the offer was made in the 1990s, when Trump had racked up almost $2 million in legal costs with a famous law firm. According to an American Newspaper , Enrich said that Trump had “refused to pay” and that the attorney eventually lost patience and paid an unannounced visit to Trump Tower.
“He was delivered to Trump’s office by someone. Trump didn’t show any signs of being bashful at first and seemed happy to meet him, but the lawyer was fuming Enrich said. He mentioned that the attorney was “very unhappy” and had no idea why Trump, a real estate mogul at the time, hadn’t paid up.
“Trump apologised a few times. I’m not going to pay your bill, he continued. I’ll give you something more priceless. The lawyer questioned, “What on earth is he talking about?” The Times writer also stated that Trump remarked, “The stallion I own. It is valued at $5 million.” Then, , Trump started rummaging through some papers and took out a “deed to a horse.” The lawyer, according to Enrich, was initially speechless after hearing the offer but eventually responded, “This isn’t the 1800s.” Enrich wrote in his book that Trump paid “at least a percentage of what he owed,” according to an American Newspaper. Trump has a history of not paying the attorneys that work with him.
In 2021, Michael Wolff’s book “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency” detailed how Trump was displeased that Rudy Giuliani demanded payment for his services, which were estimated to cost $20,000 per day. The Republican National Committee has been assisting Trump with his legal expenses in the meanwhile, but it has stated that if he starts his 2024 presidential campaign, it will stop. Trump’s legal bills will cost the RNC over $2 million in 2021, but it won’t be paying for his lawsuit related to the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence last month.