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Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, is in court for embezzling $1 million to build a border wall

Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, is in court for embezzling $1 million to build a border wall

Steve Bannon, a former political advisor to Donald Trump, arrives in a New York court where he is on trial for embezzlement.Photo by Alex Kent/AFP

He entered the court surrounded by officers. “This is what is happening in the last days of a dying regime,” Bannon shouted. “I will never be silent over my dead body.”

In 2020, Bannon was arrested for his involvement in a fraudulent crowdfunding campaign. Through his ‘We Build the Wall’ campaign, he raised $25 million to build the border wall near Mexico, which Trump talks about a lot in his speeches. According to American Justice, much of the proceeds went into the pockets of Bannon and three of his associates – money raised by more than 300,000 donors.

“Stephen Bannon was the mastermind behind a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud thousands of lenders across the country,” Attorney General Alvin Bragg said in a statement. According to the indictment, Bannon concealed that director Brian Colvage Hundreds of thousands of dollars in donor money despite a promise not to take a salary. “It’s a crime, to lie to donors” for personal gain, Bragg said.

Grace or grace

Bannon was Trump’s chief adviser in his first year as president and remains an influential figure in the right-wing media. he presents Bannon war rooma popular podcast in which far-right personalities launch all kinds of conspiracy theories and other lies to listeners.

Since Trump pardoned Bannon during his presidency, he cannot be prosecuted by federal justice. But this amnesty does not protect against criminal investigations by states. New York later decided to prosecute him.

Bannon claims that the case was brought against him “sixty days before the midterm elections” for political reasons. He said in response, “They are after all of us, not just President Trump and me. I will never give up my struggle.”

In July, Bannon was found guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify and provide required documents before a House committee after storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He is expected to be sentenced to at least 30 days in prison in October.

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