…by Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor

New York (CNN) The Manhattan district attorney’s office has subpoenaed financial records related to Steve Bannon’s crowd-funding border-wall effort, signaling that its criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s chief strategist is advancing, according to people familiar with the matter.

Prosecutors sent the subpoenas after Trump pardoned Bannon in late January for federal conspiracy crimes tied to the southern border-wall project, making Bannon among the Trump world figures — including the former president — subjects of criminal investigations by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance.

The grand jury subpoenas were sent to Wells Fargo, one of the financial institutions that handled some of the accounts used in the fundraising effort, and to GoFundMe, the crowdfunding platform where Bannon’s project, “We Build the Wall,” once operated, the people said.

The state grand jury investigation revives the possibility that Bannon, the conservative and outspoken political strategist, could face state criminal charges after shedding the federal case last month.

In addition to the criminal investigation, the New Jersey attorney general’s office has launched a civil inquiry into We Build the Wall. In September, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs subpoenaed We Build the Wall for documents seeking a wide range of records, according to court filings.
The move by Vance comes as he is investigating Trump and the Trump Organization for potential financial crimes, including insurance fraud and tax fraud, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump has called the investigation a witch hunt and fishing expedition.

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  1. As a long time VT reader, I predict that, of the four, Steve will be the only successful prosecution.
    My opinion is diven by his recent advocacy for a full report on 9/11.
    Welcome to how the World really works.

  2. What I’d like to see is that those that have enabled Trump to skate on charges going back into the 80s be convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges. That’ll never happen, but I like to dream.

    • He was generally considered harmless, and not worth the trouble, and generally speaking, there are not enough stenographers in NYC. Also, NYS real estate industry is a Gang. The MLS, Building industry,… is a Gang operation. Honest income property owners are very hard to find.

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