Steve Bannon Plans to Turn Himself in Thursday: Source

Trump ally says he expects to be charged soon in New York
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2022 12:27 AM CDT
Steve Bannon Plans to Surrender Thursday: Source
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon pauses as he departs federal court July 22, 2022, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Trump, said Tuesday that he expects to be charged soon in a state criminal case in New York City, the AP reports. Bannon, 68, plans to turn himself in on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person insisted on anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reported that the state criminal case would resemble an earlier attempted federal prosecution, in which Bannon was accused of duping donors who gave money to fund a wall on the US southern border. That federal case ended abruptly, before trial, when Trump pardoned Bannon.

In a statement, Bannon said District Attorney Alvin Bragg “has now decided to pursue phony charges against me 60 days before the midterm election,” accusing the Democratic prosecutor of targeting him because he and his radio show are popular among Trump’s Republican supporters. “The SDNY did the exact same thing in August 2020 to try to take me out of the election,” Bannon said, referring to his arrest months before Trump’s re-election loss. Federal agents pulled Bannon from a luxury yacht off the Connecticut coast and arrested him on charges he pocketed more than $1 million in wall donations.

“It didn’t work then, it certainly won’t work now,” the former White House strategist said. “This is nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system.” Bannon, who had pleaded not guilty, was dropped from the federal case when Trump pardoned him on his last day in office in January 2021. Two other men involved in the “We Build the Wall” project pleaded guilty in April. They had been scheduled to be sentenced this week, but that was recently postponed to December. A third defendant’s trial ended in a mistrial in June after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous verdict.

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