After turning himself in to investigators at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Thursday morning about 9 a.m. local time, Steve Bannon has been charged.
According to Reuters, the former president Donald Trump’s White House senior strategist was accused on two charges of money laundering, three counts of conspiracy, and one count of attempting to defraud. He was acquitted by Trump of a fraud charge involving the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign.
The Soros-backed DA has now chosen to pursue totally fake charges against me 60 days before the midterm election because WarRoom is the main source of the MAGA grassroots campaign, Bannon said in a statement about the charges on Tuesday. “Just days after being smacked three separate times by deranged hoodlums from New York City motivated by the Biden Administration to assassinate me by police,” Bannon claimed in a statement.
Bannon, 68, was previously charged with fraud for allegedly misleading donors to the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign, a scheme to raise money for the construction of a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. Prosecutors said that although the enterprise raised $25 million for the project, Bannon and his partners kept $1 million. In August 2020, he entered a not-guilty plea to the allegations after denying any misconduct.
Trump handed Bannon a pardon on the night of his departure from the White House with a vast list of 140 individuals, saving his longtime comrade from potential prison time. A presidential pardon does not, however, exempt Bannon from state or municipal prosecution.
Following an investigation that was started by Bragg’s predecessor, Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg intended to prosecute Bannon on state counts for the alleged swindle on Thursday, according to the Washington Post. In addition, Bragg is undertaking a thorough criminal investigation of Trump’s commercial activities.
According to the news source, one participant’s trial ended in a mistrial back in June, while two other participants entered guilty pleas to federal charges.
Bannon was convicted of contempt of Congress in July for his reluctance to take a deposition before the committee on January 6 and provide documents. Bannon’s legal representatives said that Trump’s claim of executive privilege precluded Bannon from cooperating.