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The sentence goes like this.

a) Rogers said his attorneys have the funding to " devote as much time as is necessary to adequately represent their clients.

In a lot of “as ... as...” constructions the second “as” functions as a conjunction. As in

b) I need to run as fast as everyone else does.

But I feel like it isn’t the case in a) and I can rewrite it in the following way. Am I right?

c) Rogers said his attorneys have the funding to " devote as much time that is necessary to adequately represent their clients.

This post doesn’t resolve my question because it isn’t about the “as... as...” construction.[1]: Is this as a relative pronoun?

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  • No: "as" is never a relative pronoun, though it does occur is similar constructions, as in He phoned home every day, [as he'd promised to do] ~ He phoned home every day, [which he'd promised to do]. But your examples are comparative constructions where the preposition "as" has a comparative clause as its complement.
    – BillJ
    Sep 17 '21 at 11:03
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No, you can't rephrase it with as...that because then it is ungrammatical.

I think this sentence is still exactly the same structure as every other as...as.

How much time will they take? As much as is necessary.
How fast will I run? As fast as everyone else.

It's the same structure: we're describing the amount of something by comparing it to something else.

You could rephrase it using that into something like

We will take all the time that is necessary

but that changes the structure, although the meaning is still baseically the same.

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  • Consider substituting a comparative: more [time] than is necessary; faster than everyone else.
    – nschneid
    Sep 18 '21 at 2:14

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