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Steve Bannon Surrenders to Authorities After Indictment

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Steve Bannon, former advisor to former President Donald Trump arrives at the NY District Attorneys office to turn himself in on September 08, 2022 in New York City. | I mage by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

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Steve Bannon has surrendered to New York law enforcement officials after being indicted on fraud and money laundering charges related to funds allegedly raised to build a southern border wall.

Bannon, once an advisor to former President Donald Trump during his administration, was the co-founder of the news outlet Breitbart News and a political strategist who has been involved in domestic and international populist movements.

He is charged with improperly handling $25 million of funds donated to his organization, WeBuildTheWall Inc.

The group had been founded in order to privately fund the construction of a wall along the southern border to prevent unlawful migration.

The indictment claims that Bannon “solicited donations and raised money from donors throughout the United States … based on the false representation that none of the money donated to WeBuildTheWall, Inc. would be used to pay” the salary of the organization’s then-CEO, Brian Kolfage.

Kolfage allegedly admitted in text messages to receiving a salary of “$100k upfront then 20 [per] month.” The indictment outlines that Bannon supposedly used a system of nonprofits to funnel and launder donated money.

Bannon denounced the new charges, suggesting, “This political hit job is to try to stop and intimidate people about not just building the wall, but what sovereignty means.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James defended the case, claiming, “Mr. Bannon took advantage of his donors’ political views to secure millions of dollars which he then misappropriated. Mr. Bannon lied to his donors to enrich himself and his friends.”

Others involved in WeBuildTheWall have already been convicted on fraud-related charges, and Bannon himself has been the subject of a previous federal indictment related to the WeBuildTheWall campaign. However, former President Donald Trump issued a preemptive pardon for Bannon, effectively ending the federal case against him.

Brian Kolfage pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. WeBuildTheWall associates Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea were also charged, but the latter’s case ended in a mistrial after the jury could not unanimously agree on his guilt.

While Trump’s pardon ended the federal charges against Bannon, it offered no protection from a state pressing the issue as New York has.

Recently, Bannon was convicted by a federal jury on two charges of contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas to testify before the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol protests.    

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MCR
MCR
28 days ago

Why doesn’t the DOJ spend quality time investigating the Biden’s and Hunter Biden. Quit spending money on former Trump associates. We American’s are tired of this blame game!

Janet
Janet
Reply to  MCR
27 days ago

Spending money investigating former Trump associates IS quality time. The same “quality” time, and moneyTrump’s DOJ spent trying to dig up dirt on Hunter Biden before the election. No complaints about the “quality” time and money spent investigating Hillary Clinton. What a double standard!

Senior Pastor
Senior Pastor
28 days ago

All this is just pretty much an attempt to smear and stain and attempt to delegitimize the entire Trump Presidential Administration and Trump himself.

Danielius
Danielius
Reply to  Senior Pastor
28 days ago

You can’t smear an administration run by a group of criminals. By their actions, they have smeared themselves. Trump, Bannon, and the rest of his cult leaders belong in prison. Or better yet, exile them to Somalia. Their supporters are low information and under-educated white people who believe Trump is God-sent. How many lies can you swallow?

Janet
Janet
Reply to  Danielius
28 days ago

I like that idea of sending them to Somalia. For them, truth are lies, and lies or truth. Up is down, and down is up. The sad thing is that so many people think the same.

TX Glide
TX Glide
28 days ago

Waiting for Shalomyah Bowers and other BLM scammers to be arrested for embezzling million$ from contributors. Won’t happen because they fit into the leftist/woke agenda to destroy America.

Janet
Janet
Reply to  TX Glide
28 days ago

Show us the evidence, bring the charges. Don’t just spread rumors and disinformation. Stop spreading the hate!

A K
A K
27 days ago

For all those commenters employing “what-aboutisms”, go for it. Investigate hunter Biden. Investigate BLM. It doesn’t matter what side of the political aisle one falls, of you commit fraud, you should be investigated, indicted, and if found guilty, imprisoned.

Janet
Janet
Reply to  A K
27 days ago

I agree.

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