The criminal defense lawyer for Steve Bannon said the previous Trump White House senior advisor is traveling Wednesday to Recent York City to arrange to give up within the morning to face charges in a latest indictment.
The attorney, Robert Costello, said Bannon will turn himself in to authorities at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Asked for details concerning the criminal charges Bannon is predicted to face, Costello told CNBC by email, “The indictment is sealed.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which can prosecute the case, has been investigating Bannon for possible violations of Recent York state criminal laws in reference to greater than $25 million in funds raised for an effort to construct a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
Bannon was arrested in August 2020 on federal charges with three other men tied to that effort, which prosecutors said defrauded a whole lot of 1000’s of donors. Federal prosecutors said on the time that Bannon received $1 million in funds from We Construct the Wall and that to divert that cash used a separate nonprofit he had already created to purportedly promote “economic nationalism and American sovereignty.”
Bannon never went to trial in that federal case because he received a pardon from then-President Donald Trump right before Trump left office in January 2021. Presidential pardons don’t protect people from prosecution on state charges.
In an announcement Tuesday to NBC News, Bannon said Recent York “has now decided to pursue phony charges against me 60 days before the midterm election.”
“That is nothing greater than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system,” he said.
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“I’m proud to be a number one voice on protecting our borders and constructing a wall to maintain our country secure from drugs and violent criminals,” Bannon said in that statement. “They’re coming in spite of everything of us, not only President Trump and myself. I’m never going to stop fighting. In actual fact, I even have not yet begun to fight. They may must kill me first.”
The Recent York case is the second pending criminal motion Bannon faces.
In July, he was convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by Trump supporters.