NEW YORK — Steve Bannon is looking for a new lawyer a day after he called for the heads of Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray to be placed on pikes at the White House.
Bannon’s current attorney, Bill Burck, did not explain in a letter filed Friday in Manhattan Federal Court why the former White House chief strategist was in the market for a new lawyer. Burck was representing Bannon in the federal case charging him with defrauding donors to the “We Build the Wall” campaign.
Burck works for the prominent law firm Quinn Emanuel.
“Mr. Bannon is in the process of retaining new counsel, and Quinn Emanuel intends to move to withdraw. As a result, Mr. Bannon respectfully requests that the status conference in this matter be adjourned for three weeks so that he may formally retain new counsel,” Burck wrote.
Bannon caused a furor Thursday by calling for the beheadings during a livestream of his “War Room: Pandemic” online show. Twitter responded by permanently suspending his account.
“I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England. I’d put their heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats, you either get with the program or you’re gone,” Bannon said.
He made the statement while out on bail for allegedly skimming more than $1 million from the “We Build the Wall” charity, which promotes itself as a way for average citizens to contribute to President Donald Trump’s signature policy of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Bannon has pleaded not guilty. Three others are also charged in the case.
It’s not clear if Bannon’s remarks amount to a violation of the terms of his release.
Burck asked to postpone a hearing scheduled for Monday while Bannon searched for a new lawyer. Prosecutors had previously alluded to conflict of interest issues involving Burck’s representation of Bannon.
Bannon is not an easy client. Since being charged he’s been on the warpath against the Southern District of New York, which is prosecuting him.
“The guys in the Southern District are criminals. They’re criminals,” Bannon told former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in late October.
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