2021-03-26 17:21:39 UTC
Former President Donald Trump infamously pardoned ally Steve Bannon on his way
out the door this year, but that doesn't mean the one-time White House political
strategist is in the clear legally.
The Washington Post reports that the New York Attorney General's Office and the
Manhattan District Attorney's Office have teamed up to probe allegations that
Bannon defrauded Trump supporters with his work on the "We Build the Wall"
"Investigators employed by the state attorney general were deputized to work as
prosecutors with the team led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.,
whose investigation of Bannon began shortly after his pardon was announced in
January," according to the Post's sources.
Even though Trump's pardon got Bannon off the hook for federal charges leveled
against him, it cannot protect Bannon from facing criminal charges from state
law enforcement agencies.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York last
summer charged that Bannon and several other leaders of the "We Build The Wall"
online fundraising campaign had defrauded "hundreds of thousands" of donors by
using donations for their own personal expenses.
SDNY at the time alleged that Bannon funneled "over $1 million from We Build the
Wall" into a nonprofit organization that he personally controlled. According to
SDNY, Bannon then used at least some of that money "to cover hundreds of
thousands of dollars" in his own personal expenses.