Donald Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon is to appear in court on Thursday on charges of fraud in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, US media reported.
Bannon, 68, a popular ideologue closely involved in Trump’s rise to the US presidency, was on his way to New York on Wednesday night to surrender and face charges at Manhattan’s prosecutor’s office, according to his lawyer Robert Costello told CNBC Television.
The Manhattan Prosecutor’s Office did not respond to AFP’s request for comment.
Details about the exact nature of the charges were not public as the indictment was sealed, but the Washington Post, CNBC and CNN reported that they relate to the same case in which Bannon was found guilty in 2020 of financial fraud. was.
The former White House adviser was arrested in August 2020 in a case where he, along with three others, was charged with fraud and embezzlement of $25 million set aside to build a wall between the US and Mexico. was accused of.
Building the wall was a major campaign promise by Trump in the 2016 presidential race.
Bannon was never prosecuted for those charges, after President Trump pardoned him in January last year, a day before leaving the White House.
In a statement, Bannon condemned “fake lawsuits” against him 60 days before the November 8 midterm legislative elections.
He blasted “an armed partisan politicization of the criminal justice system”.
The criminal indictment comes six weeks after Bannon was convicted of obstructing Congress’ investigative powers in a federal court in Washington.
He refused to cooperate with the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill.
Even after leaving the White House in August 2017, Bannon had been close to Trump, chatting with him the day before the Capitol riots.
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