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Steve Bannon faces state indictment in New York and is expected to surrender to prosecutors on Thursday


Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon faces 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 charges similar to the federal case in which Trump pardoned him, 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’re building the wall” using the money intended to finance the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico for their own purchases.

The longtime Trump ally has been accused of pocketing $1 million from the fundraiser.

He pleaded not guilty to the federal charges in August 2020, but was granted a presidential pardon before the case went to trial.

Bannon, 68, was one of more than 100 people Trump pardoned in his final hours as president, however, the clemency does not extend to legal action.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is investigating Bannon’s role in the same fraud scheme shortly after Trump pardoned him, according to The Washington Post.

Bannon plans to turn himself in on Thursday, sources told the newspaper.

However, he called the accusations “false” and a politically motivated attack on Tuesday.

“This is nothing more than partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system,” Bannon said in a statement.

Steve Bannon said the charges were “false” and politically motivated.
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Two other men involved in the fundraising scheme pleaded guilty in the federal case, while a third went on trial and saw his case end in a mistrial in June when the jury was unable to reach a consensus.

Bannon has been the subject of legal investigations several times since he was an aide to the White House.

Less than two months ago, he was found in contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Uprising, making him the strongest ally close to Trump to be criminally sentenced for the Capitol riot.

“They’re going after all of us, not just President Trump and me,” Bannon said Tuesday. “I will never stop fighting. In fact, I haven’t started fighting yet. They will have to kill me first.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office did not immediately return a request for comment.

New York Post

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