Steve Bannon, former Trump White House strategist, is facing a new criminal indictment in New York and is expected to face prosecutors on Thursday, according to a new report.
Bannon, a key associate of former President Donald Trump, is likely to face 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 fundraiser called “We Build the Wall” by using the money used to fund the construction of a border wall between the US and Mexico, used 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 received a presidential pardon before the case went to court.
Bannon, 68, was one of more than 100 people pardoned by Trump in his final hours as president. The clemency does not extend to the prosecutor, however.
Manhattan prosecutors are investigating Bannon’s role in the same fraud scheme since Trump pardoned him, according to the Washington Post.
Bannon plans to surrender on Thursday, sources told the newspaper.
However, he called the charges “false” and a politically motivated attack on Tuesday.
“This is nothing more than a partisan arming of the criminal justice system,” Bannon said in a statement.
Two other men involved in the fundraising program pleaded guilty in the federal case, while a third went to court and ended his case in a mistrial in June when the jury failed to reach a consensus.
Bannon has faced repeated criminal investigations since serving as a White House adviser.
Less than two months ago, he was convicted of contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the House special committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot — making him Trump’s closest ally in connection with the Capitol riot was criminally convicted.
“They’re following us all, not just President Trump and me,” Bannon said Tuesday. “I will never stop fighting. In fact, I haven’t started fighting yet. You must kill me first.”
Manhattan DAs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/07/steve-bannon-faces-state-indictment-in-new-york-expected-to-surrender-to-prosecutors-thursday/ Steve Bannon faces a state indictment in New York, which is expected to surrender to prosecutors on Thursday