El Paso, Texas, voted to seek outside legal counsel to help recover more than $ 500,000 with the Trump administration after a campaign meeting there nearly two years ago.
El Paso has already found a way for the administration to meet the bills accumulated during the campaign meeting El Paso County Colosseum in February 2019.
The costs include $ 470,000 in security and other expenses, as well as an additional $ 99,000 in late fees, with the result that the city still owes $ 569,000 as it faces major financial problems with COVID-19 epidemics.
“We all see everyday struggles first hand El Paso families in addition to the challenges we have in our own budgets, “said Peter City Svarzbein said at a council meeting on Tuesday.
“So that amount of money isn’t insignificant, and the message we’re sending that no one is above the law is also important for our community to understand.”
The city voted to turn to an outside legal counsel, Snapper L. Carr Law Office, to help them recover the debt.
“We believe that based on the research and information we have gathered through the city law firm and the audit office, the best solution is to ask Mr. Carr to help us recover the debt,” – Karla City Attorney. Nieman said.
City officials were confident that taxpayers would not consent to legal aid, and Carr would only pay if the money was collected.
The Texas Tribune previously reported El Paso he considered suing the Trump campaign in order to force them to hand over the money, but decided against it and looked for other ways.
“We are in an unprecedented area because we have to pay an outstanding bill from a seated president.” Nieman he said in a statement last week. – We will continue to explore the various options.
He talks to Yahoo Finance, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said that even if they filed a lawsuit, they were told the chances of getting the money back were “slim.”
Margo blamed erroneous billing on their part for not being able to collect the money.
“The city mismanaged the documentation and the way we should have handled it and we learned a lot. We are not used to the presidents coming to visit El Paso, ” Mago said.
The Trump administration was contacted for comment.