Steve Bannon is expected to surrender on Thursday to face New York state charges related to his fundraising effort to build a wall along the southern US border, people familiar with the matter said. belonging to this matter said.
The state charges, which were returned in an indictment, are based on the same conduct that Bannon was charged with by federal prosecutors in 2020. then-US President Donald Trump pardoned him. to Bannon on federal fraud charges related to an alleged scheme like him. leave office. Presidential pardons do not apply to state investigations.
The Washington Post first reported on Bannon’s plan to surrender.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into Bannon and a crowdfunding effort called “We Build The Wall” following the pardon.
The district attorney’s office launched a criminal investigation into Bannon’s “We Build the Wall” crowdfunding activity early last year after Trump pardoned Bannon.
In recent months, several people close to Bannon have been brought before a state grand jury, CNN previously reported.
Bannon’s attorney declined to comment to CNN.
When reached for comment by The Washington Post, Bannon issued a statement through his spokesman calling the indictment a “fake accusation” and “nothing more than a weaponization of party politics.” to the criminal justice system.”