The following article, Steve Bannon Has Been Arrested And Indicted On Charges Of Defrauding Donors In Border Wall Fundraiser, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Steve Bannon, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, has been arrested and charged with defrauding donors as part of a border wall scam that defrauded people out of hundreds and thousands of dollars.
You can guarantee the press is going to hound President Trump about all of this during his next press conference. It’s going to be a big story for the mainstream media and will provide more fodder for their anti-Trump narrative.
Check out the details from The Washington Examiner:
Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Philip R. Bartlett, inspector-in-charge of the New York Field Office, unsealed indictments on Thursday morning for Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea. The four men led the “We Build the Wall” fundraiser that sought donations to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which was a 2016 campaign promise from Trump. The group raised more than $25 million. All four men were arrested Thursday morning, and each was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, each of which could result in up to 20 years in prison.
“As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction,” Strauss said in a statement.
“While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle,” she continued. “We thank the USPIS for their partnership in investigating this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it.”
The 24-page complaint against the four men provides further details about the fundraising scheme, stating that “the public narrative deliberately crafted” by Bannon, Kolfage, and Badolato “was false” because “in fact, although We Build the Wall spent money on the construction of a border wall, hundreds of thousands of dollars were siphoned out of We Build The Wall for the personal use and benefit” of Kolfage, Bannon, Badolato, and Shea.
Bannon was also once the head of Breitbart News Network just before leaving that position to become the CEO of President Trump’s first campaign for the White House. After Trump’s victory, Bannon served as a chief strategist in the administration.
Bannon officially left that role back in 2017.
It’ll be interesting to see how the president responds to questions concerning this mess, but you can guarantee the press will be hounding him about it.