The notoriously stingy former president and his lead lawyer, Butch Bowers, wrangled over compensation during a series of tense phone calls, sources familiar with their conversations said. The argument came even though Trump has raised over $170 million from the public that could be used on his legal defenses.
The two initially agreed Bowers would be paid $250,000 for his individual services, a figure that “delighted” Trump, one of the sources said. However, Trump didn’t realize Bowers hadn’t included additional expenses — including more lawyers, researchers and other legal fees that would be accrued on the job.
He was said to be livid when Bowers came back to him with a total budget of $3 million.
So it wasn’t just over “strategy.”
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The notoriously stingy Trump & his lead lawyer, Butch Bowers, wrangled over compensation during a series of tense phone calls in recent weeks https://t.co/RVixEld4FP
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) February 2, 2021
The former president’s stinginess was reportedly a factor in why five lawyers abandoned his impeachment defense.
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) February 2, 2021