Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to former US President Trump, has reported to the New York court, where he has been charged with fraud. He is suspected of embezzling money donated to build the border wall between the United States and Mexico, a major election promise from Trump.
This morning at 9 a.m. US time, he arrived at the court In New York:
Bannon has already been charged for this at the federal level, along with three others with whom he allegedly embezzled millions from the We Build the Wall recruitment campaign. In his final hours as president, Trump pardoned Bannon in that case, preventing it from prosecution.
However, Trumps pardon does not protect his former advisor from criminal investigations in states, so the Public Prosecutors Office in Manhattan, New York city, can still sue Bannon in the case. The Public Prosecution therefore opened its own investigation almost immediately after the pardon.
“Lame ass suspicion”
The 68-year-old Bannon, who already swore that he is innocent after the previous indictment, calls the charge in New York politically motivated. He thinks the prosecution wants to damage Trump by going after Bannon when midterm elections are coming.
“The Soros-backed prosecutor has now decided to prosecute me on the basis of these baloney suspicions sixty days before the midterm elections,” Bannon responds. “Theyre after all of us, not just President Trump and me. I will never give up my fight.”
Bannon was once convicted of contempt of Congress in another case. He was then called to appear before the committee investigating the storming of the Capitol on January 6 last year, but refused to come. He was also instructed by writ of execution to submit documents to that committee, but he beat that to the wind.