Legal defense fund for Trump administration and campaign staff is now active

ABC News previously reported on the fund's use.

The fund, “the Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust LLC,” was formally established as a limited liability corporation based in Delaware, according to a release.

Tuesday’s release also says the fund will be managed temporarily by former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. Hayworth is a former U.S. Representative from New York who will serve as the interim manager of the fund until a permanent manager is appointed.

The fund has been a long time coming for many who are currently incurring hefty legal expenses from the multiple probes into Russian collusion during the 2016 election. “The fund will help many of us that never anticipated being in this situation,” a former campaign official, who faces tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills and who believes they will benefit from the defense fund, told ABC News.

“General Flynn early on made a decision not to accept funds from President Trump, the Trump Organization, or the campaign, and has not accepted any funds from them,” a source has previously told ABC News. “And he does not expect to accept any funds from the new entity.”

A source with knowledge of the fund told ABC News earlier this month that Wiley Rein worked in conjunction with the White House counsel’s office to ensure that any fund created would be able to contribute to the legal defense fees of current White House employees and comply with all legal and ethics concerns.