Former Republican President Donald Trump is notorious for not paying his legal team—or stiffing anyone who does any kind of work for him—and he's being roasted anew after a New York Times reporter revealed that Trump once tried to a pay a $2 million legal bill with...[checks notes]...a horse.
According to Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump and the Corruption of Justice, a new book by Times reporter David Enrich, Trump owed $2 million to “a lawyer at a white-shoe firm” in the 1990s.
The lawyer decided to confront Trump at Trump Tower. Trump openly refused to pay the bill but offered "to give you something more valuable," saying that he had a stallion worth $5 million.
Enrich notes that "Trump rummaged around in a filing cabinet and pulled out what he said was a deed to a horse" and promptly "handed it to the lawyer.”
After the lawyer objected and threatened to sue, Trump “eventually coughed up at least a portion of what he owed."
Over the years, hundreds of people have alleged that Trump doesn't pay his bills. In 2016, at the height of the election cycle, USA TODAYreported that its team had reviewed "at least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings" from people who've accused Trump and his businesses of not paying them for their work.
The latest revelation has only affirmed what many think: That Trump is and always has been a grifter.
Trump's penchant for not paying his bills has made him so infamous that he is currently having trouble securing legal services and is scrambling to find representation since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided his Mar-a-Lago estate last month.
Federal authorities recovered classified documents that Trump spirited away from the Oval Office but are on the hunt for others after recovering empty folders with classified markings on the premises.