In an indictment made public this Thursday, September 8, Steve Bannon was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and fraud in a case related to the construction of a border wall with Mexico announced by Donald Trump in 2016. Bannon, 68, has pleaded not guilty, calling the charges “absurd.” He was released without bail.
Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump, was charged with financial fraud on Thursday in New York City on charges of money laundering and embezzlement related to the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico.
The charges relate to the same facts leveled against him in a previous federal indictment that was dismissed after Trump pardoned Bannon two years earlier before it expired.
In August 2020, Bannon and three other men were charged by federal prosecutors with defrauding donors into a $25 million private fundraiser.
Called “We Build the Wall,” the fundraiser was intended to finance the construction of a wall Trump wanted along the country’s southern border to keep migrants out of the United States. Bannon pleaded not guilty to the charges before he was removed.
According to an earlier indictment as well as this Thursday’s indictment, the former Trump adviser concealed the fact that he; The executive director of the fundraising campaign and a third person, Andrew Badolato, were receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in donor money. The CEO was identified in court documents as Air Force veteran Brian Colphage.
“Stephen Bannon acted as the architect of a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud thousands of donors across the country,” prosecutor Alvin Bragg said in a statement. “Making profit by lying to donors is a crime.”
Trump’s presidential pardon does not affect the new case, as it covers federal charges but does not prevent state lawsuits.
According to Bannon, the allegations are politically motivated.
On Tuesday, Bannon claimed in a statement that prosecutor Bragg “has now decided to make false allegations against me 60 days before the midterm election,” accusing the Democratic prosecutor of targeting him on his radio show, Trump. Very popular with supporters.
This latest development comes six weeks after a federal court in Washington indicted Bannon for obstructing Congress’ investigative powers.
He refused to cooperate with the Congressional Commission investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill; Unprecedented attack by Donald Trump supporters challenging Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
Despite being removed from his position as a White House adviser in August 2017, Steve Bannon remained close to Donald Trump and spoke to him the day before the attack on Capitol Hill.
Two months before the midterm legislative elections and two years before the November 2024 presidential election, in which Donald Trump plans to run for Republican re-election, the political climate in the United States is an increasingly tense and most polarized country. .
Trump is the subject of multiple criminal and civil investigations for his role in trying to reverse the results of the November 2020 presidential election and the violent attack on his supporters on January 6, 2021.
On Saturday, at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, the former president called Joe Biden an “enemy of the state” in response to his Democratic successor, who last Thursday called him a “threat to democracy” and “the soul of the United States.” was described in. ,
With Associated Press and AFP