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 border of the United States, people familiar with the matter said.
The state’s charges, which were dismissed 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 Bannon for federal fraud charges related to the alleged scheme while he was leaving office. Presidential pardons do not apply to state investigations.
The Washington Post first reported Bannon’s plans to surrender.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office opened an investigation into Bannon and the fundraising effort called “We Build The Wall” after the pardon.
The district attorney’s office launched the criminal investigation into Bannon’s “We Build the Wall” fundraising activities early last year after Trump pardoned Bannon.
Over the past few months, several people close to Bannon have been arraigned before the state’s grand jury, CNN previously reported.
Bannon’s attorney declined to comment to CNN.
When contacted for comment by The Washington Post, Bannon released a statement through his spokesperson calling the indictment ‘false accusations’ and ‘nothing more than political weaponization. supporter of the criminal justice system”.