US President Donald Trump (74) apparently wants to pardon his former advisor Steve Bannon (67) immediately before handing over his office to his successor Joe Biden. A person familiar with the events said on Tuesday the Reuters news agency.
Trump’s former chief strategist is charged with fraud. He is accused of diverting money in connection with a fundraising campaign for the construction of the border wall with Mexico that Trump was driving.
In “We Build the Wall”, 25 million dollars are said to have been raised with the promise that no money would flow to the organizers. Bannon is said to have indirectly received over a million dollars. He rejects the allegations.
Bannon was once one of Trump’s closest confidants and was involved in his election victory in 2016, before becoming a strategist in the White House. The opponent of globalization is seen as the driving force behind controversial decisions such as the entry ban for citizens from several Muslim countries.
The open break with Trump came after comments he made in Michael Wolff’s disclosure book “Fire and Fury” in connection with the Russia affair.
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