Bannon's Fraud Indictment Dismissed by Judge Over U.S. Objection

  

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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  3 weeks ago  •  13 comments

By:   Bob Van Voris (MSN)

Bannon's Fraud Indictment Dismissed by Judge Over U.S. Objection
Stephen Bannon's criminal indictment for fraud was dismissed by a judge who ruled the action was required by former President Donald Trump's pardon of his one-time adviser.

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(Bloomberg) -- Stephen Bannon's criminal indictment for fraud was dismissed by a judge who ruled the action was required by former President Donald Trump's pardon of his one-time adviser.

© Photographer: Bloomberg Stephen Bannon Charged With Fraud Over Border Wall Group

U.S. prosecutors opposed the move, although they didn't dispute the validity of the pardon or the fact that it ends the case against Bannon. The government had asked U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan to direct the court clerk to remove him as a defendant in the case, which is going forward against his co-defendants.

Torres said in a ruling Monday that it's not the practice of the court to remove a defendant without a resolution of the indictment. She noted that a pardon doesn't make a defendant innocent of the crime.

"To the contrary, from the country's earliest days, courts, including the Supreme Court, have acknowledged that even if there is no formal admission of guilt, the issuance of a pardon may "carr[y] an imputation of guilt; acceptance a confession of it,'" she wrote, quoting a U.S. Supreme Court case from 1915.

Bannon and three others were charged last year with defrauding donors to a foundation that was privately funding construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The case is: U.S. v. Kolfage, 20-cr-00412, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    3 weeks ago

He openly scams millions and gets away with it.  My disgust-o-meter doesn't have a number high enough to express how I feel about this.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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1.1  pat wilson  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    3 weeks ago

Corruption runs rampant in the right wing and trumpies.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    3 weeks ago
He openly scams millions and gets away with it. 

Your proof?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    3 weeks ago
(Reuters) - Steve Bannon, an architect of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, was arrested on a yacht on Thursday and pleaded not guilty after he was charged with defrauding donors in a scheme to help build the president’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Bannon, 66, was among four people arrested and charged by federal prosecutors in Manhattan with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. They each face up to 40 years in prison if convicted, but would likely get much shorter sentences.

Prosecutors accused the defendants of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors through a $25 million crowdfunding campaign called “We Build the Wall.” Bannon used hundreds of thousands of dollars of that money to cover personal expenses, according to the charges.
 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1.2.2  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    3 weeks ago
Your proof?

Explain the need for a pardon, Pappy.

 
 
 
dennis smith
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2  dennis smith    3 weeks ago

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FLYNAVY1
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2.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  dennis smith @2    3 weeks ago

Try belief in justice....

 
 
 
dennis smith
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2.1.1  dennis smith  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.1    3 weeks ago

What law was broken?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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2.1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.1    3 weeks ago

Try belief in justice....

for who?

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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3  Hal A. Lujah    3 weeks ago

Trump pardoned Bannon probably as a bribe to keep his mouth shut on other unrelated matters.  As long as it didn’t cost Trump a penny to do so he was willing to overlook Bannon’s past criticisms of him.

 
 
 
dennis smith
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3.1  dennis smith  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @3    3 weeks ago

Probably is not proof just opinion

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

So he gets a blanket pardon?

 
 
 
bbl-1
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5  bbl-1    3 weeks ago

Amazing.  Trump fouls everything he touches.  "Suckers and losers," is the most honest thing he ever said and his base------------just stands there.

As far as Bannon.  He wears two shirts for a reason.  And whether he knows it or not his time is coming and the pardon is just another piece of paper with a Sharpie scrawl.

 
 
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