Trump to Pay $382K in Legal Fees Over 'Steele Dossier' Lawsuit Loss

Legal drama unfolds over controversial Russia-related allegations.

by Nouman Rasool
Trump to Pay $382K in Legal Fees Over 'Steele Dossier' Lawsuit Loss
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In a notable legal development emanating from the United Kingdom, former U.S. President Donald Trump has been mandated by a British court to remit $382,000 in legal fees to Orbis Business Intelligence, the investigative firm he ineffectively sued concerning the contentious "Steele Dossier." This dossier gained notoriety following Trump's victory in the 2016 Presidential election.

The legal order follows a decision last month in which a judge unequivocally dismissed Trump's lawsuit against Orbis, a company established by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, deeming the legal challenge as inherently flawed and "bound to fail." This financial setback for Trump, widely regarded as the Republican frontrunner for the upcoming presidential race, potentially positions him for a rematch against incumbent President Joe Biden in the November election.

The adjudication not only underlines the judiciary's dismissal of Trump's claims against Orbis but also hints at an escalating financial toll, as the total legal costs Trump is obligated to cover could surge, pending further judicial assessment.

Orbis Business Intelligence has proposed claims approximating $760,000 in total legal fees.

Dossier Dispute Origins

The legal confrontation originated from Trump's objections to the Steele Dossier, a compilation of memos authored by Steele that speculated on Trump's engagements with Russia during his 2016 campaign.

Among various allegations, the dossier controversially suggested that Trump was involved in salacious activities while in Russia, claims that Trump has fervently repudiated. The dossier, commissioned by Fusion GPS for opposition research, was subsequently leaked to BuzzFeed News and published in January 2017, days before Trump's inauguration, sparking widespread media frenzy and public discourse.

At this juncture, representatives for Trump have not furnished comments regarding the court's decision on the legal fees. This episode adds another chapter to the intricate saga of the Steele Dossier, continuing to fuel discussions about its implications for Trump's political and legal fortunes as he eyes a return to the presidential arena.