Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon arrested on fraud charges

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon arrested on fraud charges

Bannon, a prominent figure on the American political right, served as a campaign and White House adviser to Trump, who made the construction of a border wall a key campaign promise in 2016.

Bannon is a former adviser to President Trump. Like Bannon, each faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.

Authorities said Bannon was arrested this morning on a 152-foot yacht off the coast of Westbrook, Conn.

The famously dishevelled entrepreneur and activist headed the right-wing Breitbart News before running Trump's campaign. He has also tried to promote a variety of right-wing causes and candidates in the United States and overseas. It was only done to make me look bad, and perhaps it now doesn't even work. He left the White House in August 2017 amid fallout from Trump's remarks about the violence that erupted during protests in Charlottesville, Va. but has continued to promote the president and his agenda.

The indictment said Kolfage "went so far as to send mass emails to his donors asking them to purchase coffee from his unrelated business, telling donors that the coffee company was the only way he "keeps his family fed and a roof over their head". The president dismissed Bannon's connection to himself before noting that he has previously offered a negative opinion on the "We Build the Wall" campaign.

With the indictment, which comes less than three months ahead of the November election, Bannon becomes the seventh prominent Trump associate to be charged with a federal crime.

(Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) Brian Kolfage, founder of We Build the Wall, at the new half-mile section of border fence built by his group at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. "We the People are coming together to build segments of border wall on private property and the best part is, we're going to do it for a fraction of what it costs the government". He could not immediately be reached for comment.

The campaign was meant to raise money to help President Donald Trump fulfill a campaign promise of building a border wall along the border.

Bannon allegedly siphoned off more than a million dollars from the $25 million the scheme drummed up, using hundreds of thousands for personal use.

But Mr Bannon's tenure in the administration was a rocky one. Trump later said Bannon had "lost his mind". The campaign was advertised as an effort to build portions of the wall along the U.S. -Mexico border and support maintenance operations.

Kolfage appeared in federal court in Florida on Thursday.

The charges are being handled by the same federal office that prosecuted Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and is investigating his current lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.

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