(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – Steve Bannon, the former White House senior adviser, was ordered by New York Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth on July 7th to pay more than $480k to cover the unpaid legal fees for a team of attorneys. In the ruling, Bluth ruled in favor of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, a law firm that had filed a lawsuit against Bannon over breach of contract relating to a number of cases.
Bannon had been represented by the law firm in the criminal case related to his failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. Their services were also employed during an inquiry into allegations that his “We Build the Wall” fundraiser campaign had defrauded donors of $15 million.
The ruling determined that Bannon needed to pay $480,487.87 to cover all the unpaid retainer fees and the fees that the firm incurred by having to file a lawsuit against him. The lawsuit first filed the case against Bannon in February after they claimed that for two years, from November 2020 to November 2022, Bannon had failed to pay for the legal services he had received from them.
Bannon attempted to defend himself by arguing that he had instructed the firm to no longer work on his behalf in January 2022 and that the tasks Davidoff Hutcher & Citron had performed were not a part of the retainer agreement.
Bannon also argued that he had stopped paying his legal fees because Robert Costello, one of his lawyers, could have been called as a witness in the congressional subpoena trial. However, this argument was rejected by the judge who found Bannon to be guilty of contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with the subpoena.
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