Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon charged with financial fraud

The Republican billionaire’s éminence grise is involved in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico.

Former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon was charged Thursday in New York with financial fraud in a case of alleged embezzlement and laundering of funds for the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico, the authorities announced. New York State prosecutors.

“It’s a crime to make a profit by lying to donors, and in New York you’re being held accountable for it,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said at a news conference as he unveiled the charges. charge, including “money laundering”, against Bannon and an association “We Build the Wall” which had raised some 15 million dollars in the United States to finance the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.

“Bogus lawsuits”

This wall was a campaign promise of Republican Donald Trump elected president in November 2016.

His éminence grise at the time, Steve Bannon, spent the morning Thursday in the offices of Alvin Bragg, to be served with his indictment, which had been fanned by the American press since Tuesday evening.

According to American criminal procedure, Bannon must appear in the afternoon before a judge in New York to hear the indictment of a grand jury and plead “guilty” or “not guilty”.

According to American television, citing his lawyer Robert Costello, he should choose the “not guilty”, paving the way for a criminal trial.

As of Tuesday evening, he had denounced in a press release “phony lawsuits against (him) 60 days before the elections” legislative mid-term of November 8 between the Republican opposition and the Democratic majority.

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