WASHINGTON – Attorneys for Former President Donald Trump sent Friday to three cease and desist letters Republican organizations A Trump adviser urged them to stop using the former president’s name and likeness for fundraising appeals and merchandise, he said on Saturday.
The letters were sent to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congress Committee, and the National Republican Senate Committee – arms of the party charged with fundraising and news writing, among other things for the midterm elections and beyond.
The committees did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment. Politico was the first to report the news.
Since Trump left office, committees have repeatedly emailed him asking for donations in hopes of capitalizing on the president’s popularity with some sections of the party to bolster their war chest while they work to gain control over it reclaim the House and Senate in 2022.
However, Trump was reluctant to offer his support to the party institute after losing the presidency and then being charged a second time. Ten House Republicans voted with Democrats to indict Trump, and seven The Senate Republicans voted to condemn him for allegedly inciting the deadly mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6th to disrupt the polling and formalize Joe Biden’s election victory before a joint congressional session. While this is by far the most bipartisan support for conviction in impeachment history, the final vote was 57 to 43, 10 less than the 67 votes required to secure a conviction.
After visiting Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in January, Kevin McCarthy, Chairman of the Minority House, R-Calif., Told reporters that Trump had made no commitments to stay out of the Republican House primaries.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida last weekend, Trump listed the names of Congressional Republicans who voted to indict or convict him and said, “Get rid of them all.”
He also told attendees, “There is only one way we can contribute to our efforts” in electing Trump Republicans: donating to his PAC or through his website.