Manhattan’s DA subpoenaed Steve Bannon’s fundraising records as part of a fraud investigation into his border-wall campaign, report says

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  • Manhattan’s DA has subpoenaed financial records relating to Steve Bannon, CNN reported. 
  • The DA is investigating Bannon’s use of funds donated as part of the We Build the Wall campaign.
  • Bannon was pardoned by Donald Trump last month, but he could still face state charges. 
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Manhattan’s district attorney has subpoenaed financial records from Steve Bannon’s crowdfunding campaign to build a wall across the US-Mexican border, sources told CNN. 

According to the report, subpoenas were issued to Wells Fargo, which held the money Bannon raised as part of the We Build the Wall fundraising drive, and GoFundMe, the online platform he used to raise donations. 

A spokesman for Manhattan’s district attorney declined to comment. 

The subpoenas were issued shortly after former President Donald Trump pardoned Bannon on federal conspiracy charges hours before he left the White House last month, according to CNN.

New Jersey’s attorney general has also launched a civil investigation into the We Build The Wall campaign, per CNN. 

Bannon had been charged by federal prosecutors last December along with three other men with defrauding donors out of $25 million in relation to the border-wall project. Bannon was accused of pocketing hundreds and thousands of dollars of the money for his own expenses, and diverting $1 million to pay an alleged co-conspirator. 

The three men involved in the project, and charged alongside Bannon, did not receive a pardon from Trump. All of the men charged have denied any wrongdoing.

But Trump’s presidential pardon only applies to federal charges, meaning that Bannon could still faces charges in a state court.

Insider has contacted Bannon’s attorney for comment. 

Bannon was formerly among the most influential people in Trump’s orbit, serving as campaign manager during Trump’s successful run for the White House in 2016, and afterward appointed White House chief strategist. 

He left the White House 2018, after he was quoted in an exposé by the author Michael Wolf insulting members of Trump’s family and likening the Trump Organization to a crime syndicate.

But the men repaired their relationship before Trump left office, and Bannon used his podcast last year to spread Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. 

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