Steven Bannon, the former firebrand strategist for the Trump administration, has been indicted and is expected to surrender Thursday at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
The charges are expected to mirror to federal fraud case that ended when then-President Trump pardoned Bannon before trial, according to the Washington Post.
Bannon was accused of pocketing for his own use $1 million from a $25 million fundraising effort that was called “We Build the Wall” and was meant to finance a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Two others pleaded guilty in the federal case while the case against another defendant ended in a mistrial in June.
Bannon, 68, has been under investigation by the DA’s office for his role in the same alleged fraud, the report said.
But Bannon, who is expected to surrender Thursday, labeled the charges “phony” and part of a politically-motivated attack.
“This is nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system,” Bannon said in a statement.
Less than two months ago, Bannon was convicted of contempt of Congress for not cooperating with the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.