Andrew Napolitano, Fox News judicial analyst, says that former Trump campaign advisor, Steve Bannon, could be facing up to 20 years in prison if the government’s case against him is able to hold up.
What He Did Wrong
Napolitano spoke with Fox News after Bannon’s arrest, which stems from allegations leveled at him that he defrauded donors through a charity that raised $25 million to build a border wall.
As Napolitano explains:
“This entity — We Build the Wall — promised its donors that not a penny — quote — not a penny would go into their pockets. So rather than putting the money directly into their pockets, they funneled it to third-party charities and those charities paid the money, according to the indictment, to Steve Bannon and to the others.”
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York annouced on Thursday that Steven Bannon and other members of the “We Build the Wall” campaign have each been charged with one count of conspiracy o commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
“They are facing 20 years each,” Napolitano explained further, “for the money that they paid themselves in defiance of their promise not to do so.”
What Will Bannon Do?
He also believes Bannon will defend himself by claiming that he deserved to be paid because other charities pay their their officials.
“Their use of the third-party charities to actually pay them — so as to hide the payments from the donors and presumably from the government — is an effort to cover your trail. Because they knew they had misled the donors.”
“It doesn’t look good for him right now.”
As more information comes out about the case, including if Bannon is sentenced or any other possibility, you can be sure we will report on it right here.
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