Steve Bannon's Bill Dodging Leads to Hefty Costs

Bannon faces legal backlash over unpaid legal fees saga

by Zain ul Abedin
Steve Bannon's Bill Dodging Leads to Hefty Costs
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For the past two years, Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist in Donald Trump's White House, has been embroiled in a financial dispute, steadfastly refusing to settle a debt amounting to half a million dollars owed to his previous attorney.

This ongoing refusal has now led to the risk of sanctions against him and his current legal representative. According to documents submitted to a New York state court last month by the law firm previously engaged by Bannon, there has been a deliberate pattern of stalling and delaying the enforcement of a legitimate monetary judgment.

This assertion was underscored in the filing, highlighting the firm's escalating exasperation with Bannon's tactics. Bannon's legal troubles extend beyond this financial imbroglio. Convicted for defying a congressional subpoena linked to investigations into the January 6 insurrection, Bannon is currently maneuvering to evade a four-month prison sentence.

Further complicating his situation, he is slated for a trial in May by the Manhattan District Attorney for allegedly defrauding donors of the "We Build The Wall" campaign, which promised to support the construction of a privately funded barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Bannon's Evasive Maneuvers

Adding to his woes, a judge in New York mandated seven months ago that Bannon settle a debt of $484,197 to Bob Costello, a defense lawyer he previously failed to pay. Court filings reveal that Bannon has since been evading this judgment and ignoring subsequent subpoenas, compelling the law firm of Davidoff Hutcher and Citron to seek judicial intervention once more, denouncing Bannon's actions as a calculated attempt to manipulate the court's process.

Efforts by the law firm to scrutinize Bannon's financial situation and ascertain his capability to pay the outstanding amount have been met with resistance. Initial agreements to facilitate a deposition and share relevant documents were later countered by Bannon's refusal, citing concerns over self-incrimination that could potentially impact his ongoing legal challenges.

In response to Bannon's continued obstruction, the law firm has requested the imposition of sanctions against Bannon and his attorney, arguing that such measures are necessary to curb Bannon's deliberate litigation delays.

They propose penalties of $10,000 each, the maximum fine for engaging in such dilatory tactics, emphasizing the need for a decisive response to prevent further prejudicial delay in satisfying the significant outstanding judgment.