September 9, 2022: -On Thursday, ex-Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon reached a New York City courthouse to face new state criminal charges related to a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
The new indictment in Manhattan comes over two years after Bannon was arrested on federal charges. He and three other men defrauded donors giving millions of dollars to fund the “We Build the Wall” campaign.
That case against him ended when former President Donald Trump pardoned the 68-year-old Bannon on his previous night before leaving office in January 2021.
Bannon was one of the dozens of people to receive a pardon or a commutation of a criminal sentence by Trump in his previous weeks in office.
Presidential pardons apply to federal crimes and do not protect people from prosecution on state charges.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case since that pardon was issued, has reportedly investigated Bannon for possible violations of New York state criminal laws in connection with “We Build the Wall.”
D.A. Alvin Bragg Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James are prepared to speak at a press conference at 1 p.m. ET to examine the indictment against Bannon.
In July, Bannon was convicted in the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., of two counts of contempt of Congress. That case stems from his denial to testify before the select House committee investigating Trump supporters’ January 6 Capitol riot.
This week, Bannon told NBC News that New York “has decided to pursue phony charges regarding me 60 days before the midterm election.”
“This is nothing over a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system,” he added.