Less than a month since being pardoned by former President Trump, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon could face criminal charges in New York.
According to the Washington Post, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is reportedly looking into potential state charges against Bannon for his role in a fundraising scheme for Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Trump’s presidential pardon, issued in his final hours in office, cleared Bannon on federal fraud charges in connection with the border wall. But The pardon applied only to federal crimes, meaning Bannon could still be charged in state courts.
Citing two people with knowledge of the matter, The Post reports that investigators in the district attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau are currently in the early stages of determining whether there is enough evidence to bring a state case against Bannon in connection with the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign.
Bannon and three others were charged with falsely claiming to federal authorities that they would not be compensated for their involvement in the fundraising endeavor. The three others involved did not receive a presidential pardon from Trump.
Bannon had denied the charges against him, and he and the three other men pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering charges.