US media reports that Donald Trump’s former adviser, Steve Bannon, will appear in court on Thursday to be charged with fraud in an alleged case of misappropriating money to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
Bannon, 68, a popular ideologue who is closely related to Trump’s ascension to the US presidency, was on his way to New York on Wednesday night to surrender to the Manhattan prosecutor’s office and face facing the charges, his attorney Robert Costello told CNBC television.
The Manhattan prosecutor’s office did not respond to AFP’s request for comment.
Details of the exact nature of the charges are not made public, as the indictment is sealed, but the Washington Post, CNBC and CNN report that they relate to the same case in which Bannon was indicted in 2020. for financial fraud.
The former White House adviser was arrested in August 2020 in that case, where he was accused, along with three others, of fraud and embezzlement of part of $25 million in grants earmarked to build wall between the US and Mexico.
Building the wall was a key campaign promise by Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Bannon was never tried on those charges, after President Trump pardoned him last January, the day before he left the White House.
In a statement, Bannon denounced “bogus lawsuits” against him 60 days before the November 8 midterm legislative elections.
He ignited “an armed partisan politicization of the criminal justice system.”
The criminal indictment comes six weeks after Bannon was found guilty in a federal court in Washington of obstructing Congress’ investigative powers.
He refused to cooperate with the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attacks on Capitol Hill.
Even after leaving the White House in August 2017, Bannon remained close to Trump, speaking to him the day before the Capitol riots.
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