Steve Bannon will surrender to New York police on Thursday September 8th. The charges are closely related to the federal charges that he was cleared of by President Donald Trump. Sources from the Washington Post
reportedly indicate that Bannon has been given a copy of the federal charges.
In that (the federal) indictment, prosecutors alleged that Bannon and several others defrauded contributors to a private, $25 million fundraising effort, called “We Build the Wall,” taking funds that donors were told would support construction of a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.
If the indictments against Bannon are identical, it begs the question of whether the Fifth Amendment prohibits the defendant from being tried for the same offense twice. According to the Washington Times, not so.
A presidential pardon is only for federal charges. It does not exempt any state charges, even though they are the same conduct.
Bannon let it be known that he’s not amused at this new development.
When reached for comment, Bannon issued a statement through his spokesperson that described the indictment as “phony charges” and “nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system.”
New York is not new to trying to bring down Trump’s associates and Trump himself. Trump won a significant legal victory in June over New York Attorney General Letitia Jones’ attempts to bring charges against Trump based on financial transactions. Bonchie, a fellow RedState writer at that time commented:
Conversely, there’s just nothing really here to find, and that’s the problem with witch-hunts. The investigation begins with a conclusion, and then the bad actors must try to support that conclusion. James was not authorized to probe Trump’s business transactions. Instead, she continued the partisan pursuit that she began while running for attorney general. Trump was the one she promised, but this is just her method of trying to deliver.
RedState is keeping an eye out for the latest Bannon charges.