Steve Bannon, a former strategist for Trump, made the claim via a statement late Tuesday evening that the recent indictment he is dealing with in New York is just a politically-motivated move to attempt to hamstring him as the country makes its way towards the 2022 midterm elections.
Bannon is slated to turn himself in at some point this week in the wake of a report from The Washington Post stating that he is being indicted at the state level on charges in relation to the federal charges he faced from a fraud scheme.
“Just days after being swatted three different times by deranged thugs from New York City inspired by the Biden Administration to assassinate me by police, the Soros-backed DA has now decided to pursue phony charges against me 60 days before the midterm election because [his show] is the major source of the MAGA grassroots movement,” stated Bannon. “The SDNY did the exact same thing in August 2020 to try to take me out of the election. It didn’t work then, it certainly won’t work now. This is nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system.”
“They are coming after all of us, not only President Trump and myself,” he finished. “I am never going to stop fighting. In fact, I have not yet begun to fight. They will have to kill me first.”
Bannon was issued a pardon by former President Donald Trump in the federal cast during the last few days of the administration just before the trial had a chance to come to its conclusion.
Bannon was clammed with charges back in August 2020 for allegedly trying to defraud people who issued monetary donations to a crowdfunding campaign seeking to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He was officially accused of stealing well over $1 million from more than $25 million that was raised to pay off an alleged co-conspirator and a many hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses.
The other pair of men issued charges in the scheme, Andrew Badolato and Brian Kolfage, pled guilty back in April to a single country of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which itself carries a prison sentence of a maximum of 20 years, the Department of Justice claimed in a statement. Kolfage also chose to plead guilty to both wire and tax fraud charges by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.
The Washington Post issued a report that the state case would be dealt with by Manhattan Democrat District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The state’s investigation into Bannon started under the predecessor for Bragg, Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
The report claims that Bannon was expected to officially turn himself in on Thursday.