When the federal government criminally indicted Steve Bannon and three co-conspirators in the “Build The Wall” scam, Donald Trump pardoned Bannon, but not the others. One of them was convicted at trial late last year. Today, the other two were also convicted, and handed multi-year prison sentences.
So was this a lost opportunity to put Bannon in prison? Actually, it’s more like the opposite. New York has since stepped in and hit Steve Bannon with state level charges in the “Build The Wall” scam, which are the rough equivalent of the federal charges he was facing. He’s set to face trial in November – and since these are state charges, no future Republican President can pardon him.
Steve Bannon’s New York trial will have a different judge, different jury, and some different specifics than the federal trial that Bannon’s associates just went through. But now we know that the case against Bannon and his co-conspirators is strong enough to not only have gotten a conviction at the federal level, but to also result in multi-year prison sentences. Bannon can likely expect a similar fate in New York later this year.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report