Steve Bannon was expected to surrender after a new indictment
Former US President’s Advisor Bannon promises to fight phony charges if they reportedly mirror aspects of an earlier federal fraud investigation.
Steve Bannon, former the United States President Donald Trump’s adviser, has been indicted in New York in a new criminal case. He is expected to surrender on Thursday
Bannon made a statement to the media late Tuesday night, pledging to fight “phony accusations” that he said were politically motivated.
According to people familiar with the matter, the indictment is expected to mirror aspects of previous federal charges against Bannon. These allegations claimed that he conned thousands of people into giving money to Trump to pay for his promised wall at the border of the USA and Mexico.
Trump pardoned Bannon’s federal charges in his last hours of office on January 20, 2021.
Bannon stated that they are after us all, not just President Trump,” echoing claims that authorities have systematically pursued the former Republican president along with his associates.
“I am not going to stop fighting,” said Bannon. He is widely credited with the successful 2016 campaign of former President Barack Obama, but he abruptly resigned his position as White House advisor just months after Trump’s election.
“In actuality, I haven’t yet started to fight. They’ll have to kill me first.”
After being convicted of contempt of Congress charges in July, Bannon is now facing the latest indictment. This stems from Bannon’s refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by a congressional panel probing the January 6th, 2021 riot at US Capitol Building.
Federal prosecutors previously claimed that Bannon had received $25m from donors to his “We Build the Wall” effort but diverted at most $1m for his use.
His arrest on a 46-meter (150 ft) yacht valued at $35 million off the coast of Connecticut in August 2020 shattered his carefully constructed image as a populist champion.
Two other men pleaded guilty later to their part in the scheme.
Presidential pardons are only for federal charges. They do not apply to criminal prosecutions that state authorities pursue.
According to The, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been reviewing Bannon’s case ever since Trump granted his pardon.
Trump and his company are being investigated by the office for criminally manipulating assets’ values.
This is just one of many probes that the former president faces at present.
The Department of Justice is looking into classified documents that were taken from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Florida.
Georgia’s criminal investigation into Trump’s alleged attempts to influence an election official to alter the state vote count after the 2020 presidential election is underway. He lost the probe to Joe Biden (a Democrat).
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