Steve Bannon has been under criminal investigation in New York since Trump pardoned him in 2020, and now he’s facing indictment by prosecutors in the Manhattan DA’s office.
Reports are that he plans on turning himself in to investigators tomorrow.
Via NY Post:
Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon is facing a new criminal indictment in New York and is expected to surrender to state prosecutors on Thursday, according to a new report.
Bannon, a key associate of former President Donald Trump, will likely be indicted on similar charges to the federal case that Trump had pardoned him in, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
In the federal case, prosecutors said Bannon and others defrauded people who donated to a $25 million fundraising effort dubbed “We Build the Wall” by using the money meant to fund the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico for their own purchases.
The longtime Trump ally was accused of pocketing $1 million from the fundraiser.
He pleaded not guilty to the federal charges in August 2020 but was given a presidential pardon before the case went to trial.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been investigating Bannon’s role in the same fraud scheme since soon after Trump pardoned him, according to the Washington Post.
Bannon plans to turn himself over on Thursday, sources told the newspaper.
However, he called the charges “phony” and a politically-motivated attack on Tuesday.
“This is nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system,” Bannon said in a statement.
I don’t know if Bannon did anything wrong or not with the money raised from the “We Build the Wall” campaign, but I do know Brian Kolfage pled guilty earlier this year to defrauding donors after he took $350,000 for himself.
It very well may be that Bannon did nothing wrong and the charges are ‘phony’. We’ll find out more as New York presents their ‘evidence’.