Steve Bannon Ordered to Pay Over $480,000 in Unpaid Legal Fees
Former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon has been instructed by a judge to pay a team of lawyers more
Former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon has been instructed by a judge to pay a team of lawyers more than $480,000 in outstanding legal fees. New York Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth ruled in favor of the law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, who had filed a lawsuit against Bannon for breach of contract related to multiple cases.
The firm represented Bannon in a criminal case arising from his refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena and in an ongoing investigation into allegations of defrauding donors of a “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign totaling $15 million.
Judge Bluth’s ruling mandates that Bannon must pay a total of $480,487.87 in unpaid retainer fees, as well as fees associated with the lawsuit filed against him by Davidoff Hutcher & Citron.
According to Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, Bannon only paid $375,000 out of the billed amount of over $850,000 during that period. Bannon argued that he had instructed the firm to cease their representation in January 2022 and alleged that they had worked on matters outside the scope of the retainer agreement, as stated in Judge Bluth’s ruling.
Bluth rejected Bannon’s argument, stating that he failed to adequately explain how the potential involvement of one of his attorneys as a witness in the congressional subpoena trial justified withholding payment. In July 2022, Bannon was found guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack.
The ruling emphasizes that attorney Robert Costello, who represented Bannon, filed a notice of withdrawal from the case only after Bannon allegedly told the law firm to stop representing him. The court concluded that Bannon’s defense regarding legal fees lacked merit in light of these factz.