Former White House adviser Steve Bannon and three others were arrested and charged with defrauding donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a fundraising campaign that was supposed to support Trump’s border wall.
Bannon and defendant Brian Kolfage promised donors that the more than $25 million raised for the We Build the Wall campaign would go straight to the cause.
Instead, prosecutors say Bannon and the others pocketed money to pay for their own lifestyle expenses.
Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, was an influential voice inside the White House as Trump’s chief strategist until he was dismissed in August 2017.
Released after a hearing yesterday, Bannon said the arrest was a fiasco to “stop people who want to build the wall.”
The President, meanwhile, claimed he didn’t know the other people involved in the wall project, even though he has mentioned the group in tweets and other media.