Steve Bannon Court Date Finally Set

( )- After pleading not guilty to money laundering, fraud, and conspiracy charges, former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon will go on trial in November of next year. Bannon is accused of defrauding donors of more than $15 million for a privately funded US-Mexico border wall.

Early in September, Bannon turned himself into authorities in New York State.

This is what a dying dictatorship goes through, he explained. “They’ll never quiet me. I’ll have to be killed by them first.”

Bannon allegedly informed funders that he was “kind of a volunteer” for the We Build the Wall organization. According to reports, Bannon promised that “not a dime” would be kept. Bannon disputes charges that he ever pocketed any money and that in 2020, he sent thousands of dollars to two friends, Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato.

District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who oversaw the investigation, said in a statement in September that Stephen Bannon “served as the architect of a multi-million dollar plan to defraud thousands of donors around the country, including hundreds of citizens of Manhattan.”

The indictment has drawn criticism from Bannon, who described it as “nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system.”

It’s anticipated that this case would resemble a prior federal lawsuit in which Bannon was charged but never put on trial because Trump pardoned him before the matter could go to trial.

Bannon and other individuals are charged with stealing money from donors for use on personal expenses like travel and credit card debt.

Donors of the crowdsourced border wall are alarmed by fraud and money laundering allegations.
There were three co-defendants in the initial federal case. Two got guilty pleas, and one’s trial ended in a mistrial.

Bannon joins a sizable and expanding group of former top Trump aides currently facing legal issues.

The New York accusations come just after Bannon was found guilty of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena issued by the House committee looking into the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.