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Steve Bannon Turns Himself In To Recent York Authorities

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Steve Bannon turned himself in to authorities in Recent York on Thursday as he faces latest criminal charges reportedly related to an allegedly fraudulent scheme to construct a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Based on The Washington Post, prosecutors in Recent York have been looking into Bannon’s role in a $25 million fundraising effort that aimed to make good on considered one of former President Donald Trump’s biggest campaign guarantees: constructing a wall to maintain migrants out of the U.S.

Federal authorities alleged in 2020 that Bannon spent nearly $1 million of the “We Construct the Wall” funds on himself — paying for home renovations, a luxury SUV, a golf cart, jewelry and other expenses — with the ex-White House adviser pleading not guilty on the time. Trump pardoned Bannon later that yr.

But a presidential pardon doesn’t preclude charges on the state level.

In a press release Tuesday to NBC News, Bannon dismissed the Recent York prosecutors’ allegations.

“That is nothing greater than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system,” he said. “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.”

Many critics have argued that a whole wall on the southern borderwould be each costly and ineffective.

The initiative was spearheaded in December 2018 by an Air Force veteran, Brian Kolfage, who launched it as a GoFundMe campaign that elicited thousands and thousands of dollars in donations over its first week. Kolfage aimed to secure $1 billion.

Bannon stepped in to assist after the crowdfunding platform, questioning whether the funds were going to a legitimate construction effort, suspended the campaign. The initiative later became a nonprofit called We Construct The Wall Inc.

The group eventually built a 3-mile stretch of bollard fence along the Rio Grande, together with a half-mile wall outside El Paso, Texas. Kolfage and Florida enterprise capitalist Andrew Badolato pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in April and face sentencing in December. A federal case against a 3rd organizer, Colorado businessman Timothy Shea, led to a mistrial in June.

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