…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.
As I said moments after the Bannon pardon: the federal charges against him should translate quite easily to state-level fraud charges, which are not covered by the Trump pardon. https://t.co/EUCR9tGvEo
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) February 24, 2021
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 list of confirmed people being criminally targeted for prosecution in New York now includes Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Allen Weisselberg, and Steve Bannon:https://t.co/2duYjBPjkf
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) February 25, 2021
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.