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Steve Bannon Turns Himself In To Recent York Authorities


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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