Stephen Bannon switching lawyers in border wall fund case
NEW YORK (AP) - A prominent Washington attorney who defended President Donald Trump's former chief strategist on allegations that he cheated on donors on a southern border wall told a judge on Wednesday that he was no longer the right attorney for the job be.
Attorney William A. Burck sent a letter to the Manhattan Federal Court trial judge stating that Burck and Stephen Bannon had mutually agreed that new attorneys would better fit Bannon's defense strategy.
He said Bannon was looking for new lawyers.
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Bannon will face criminal charges on May 24 for illegally raising over $ 25 million for the “We Build The Wall” campaign by Bannon and at least three others. The group tried to fund a southern border wall.
He pleaded not guilty for alleging thousands of investors were misled into saying that all of their donations would be used for the project, despite Bannon diverting over a million dollars and paying a campaign official a salary and personal expenses for himself.
Bannon was arrested on board a luxury yacht off the Connecticut coast in August. He's free on $ 5 million bail.
Burck is a former federal attorney who was a top attorney for President George W. Bush. He also represented Bannon, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and former White House attorney Don McGahn in Robert Mueller's investigation into meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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