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    President Donald Trump’s border wall is lengthening by 10 miles per week and is helping agents find more smuggled drugs at the legal entry ports, according to a White House statement. “Construction is moving at a rate of approximately 10 miles per week, setting the administration up to complete its year-end goal with time to spare,” said the September 29 statement, which said that 738 miles had been built, are under construction, or are being planned: This 450-mile section of constructed wall is significant as it will mark the end of DHS’s first round of efforts to secure the SWB with physical borders. These are some of the highest-trafficking and therefore most critical sectors of the southern border for illegal...
    President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are set to debate Tuesday night in Cleveland, marking the first of three debates between the two. The debate will reportedly cover topics including COVID-19 and the integrity of the election to the economy and each candidate’s respective records. Below are issues that will not likely be discussed tomorrow night, but should be, including the opioid epidemic, Hunter Biden and the border wall, and why they are important. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are set to debate Tuesday night in Cleveland. The debate, moderated by Fox News’s Chris Wallace, will reportedly cover multiple topics including COVID-19, the integrity of the election, the economy and each candidate’s respective...
    The triple amputee Iraq veteran accused of stealing from the We Build The Wall campaign along with Steve Bannon and two others has said that 'not a penny' of the multimillion-dollar fund was spent on his 'lavish' lifestyle. Brian Kolfage, 38, is charged with stealing $350,000 from the GoFundMe account he set up in support of President Trump's wall initiative in 2018. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan last month alleged the Purple Heart had been the main beneficiary of the scheme and had siphoned some of the money to fund his and wife Ashley's expensive habits - including spending on boats, an SUV, plastic surgery, jewelry, home renovations and credit card debt.  But Kolfage has denied any wrong doing. The We Build The Wall accounts are currently frozen...
    While Donald Trump and his Republican minions in the Senate are rushing to pack the Supreme Court with dangerous ideologues, the second-highest court in the land delivered Trump a severe blow on his most cherished symbol: the border wall. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously backed the House of Representatives and Congress' power of the purse. The lawsuit House lawmakers wish to bring against Trump, arguing his diversion of funds for the wall is illegal, can go forward. The court wrote that the Constitution's grant of spending authority means it “requires two keys to unlock the Treasury, and the House holds one of those keys. The Executive Branch has, in a word, snatched the...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump hinted Friday at a visit to New Mexico without providing further details in a tweet about protecting gun rights and building the border wall. The T witter message from Trump responded to a comment by Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce about primary election voting trends in New Mexico. Trump tweeted back, “Working hard in New Mexico. ... Will be there soon." The president also says he built “the Wall” and “will totally protect your Second Amendment. (The Dems want to obliterate it.)" No further information was immediately available from a Trump campaign spokesman. Hillary Clinton won the state in 2016 by a margin of 8 percentage points. Trump last campaigned in New...
    (CNN)A federal appeals court on Friday reversed course in the border wall lawsuit, delivering a potential win to House Democrats who sued over President Donald Trump's transfer of Defense Department funds to construct the wall. The appeals court disagreed with the lower court over the constitutional claims in the case and sent it back for further review. The decision is a blow to Trump, who has made the border wall a cornerstone of his presidency. Last summer, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives appealed a federal judge's decision not to block Trump from funding a border wall. At the time, Judge Trevor McFadden said the House lacked standing to bring the challenge and that he did not believe the court should...
    HOUSTON – A federal appeals court on Friday revived a House challenge of President Donald Trump’s use of Defense Department money to build a border wall after Democrats refused to provide funding he requested. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the House Democrats’ lawsuit. The appeals panel cited the House's argument that it was cut out of its “constitutionally indispensable legislative role” when Trump unilaterally moved about $8 billion to border wall construction. Congress’ power to appropriate spending “is a core structural protection of the Constitution — a wall, so to speak, between the branches of government that prevents encroachment of the House’s and Senate’s power of the purse,”...
    Building a border wall was one of Trump's signature campaign pledges four years ago, though he promised then that Mexico would pay for the wall. A federal appeals court on Friday revived a House challenge of Donald Trump's use of Defense Department money to build a border wall after Democrats refused to provide funding he requested. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court's dismissal of the House Democrats' lawsuit. The appeals panel found the House had been wrongly cut out of its "constitutionally indispensable legislative role" when Trump unilaterally moved about $8 billion to border wall construction. Congress' power to appropriate spending "is...
    A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. revived a lawsuit by House Democrats challenging the Trump administration’s authority to use military funds for a border wall on Friday. In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court reversed a lower court's dismissal of the case. Friday's ruling means the House has the right to sue. The case will be sent back to the trial court level. The House filed its lawsuit last year, claiming President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE’s use of a national emergency to divert military...
    Reuters September 25, 2020 0 Comments A federal appeals court handed a win to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, saying the Democratic-led chamber could proceed with a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s diversion of funds to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Reversing a lower court judge, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 3-0 decision that the House had legal standing to sue Trump for using money to build the wall that was appropriated by Congress for other purposes. The case now returns to a lower court, where House Democrats will argue that diverting the funds violated the separation of powers doctrine laid out in the U.S. Constitution. A...
    By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday revived a House challenge of President Donald Trump’s use of Defense Department money to build a border wall after Democrats refused to provide funding he requested. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the House Democrats’ lawsuit. The appeals panel found the House had been wrongly cut out of its “constitutionally indispensable legislative role” when Trump unilaterally moved about $8 billion to border wall construction. Congress’ power to appropriate spending “is a core structural protection of the Constitution — a wall, so to speak, between the branches of government that prevents encroachment of the House’s and Senate’s...
    By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - A federal appeals court handed a win to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, saying the Democratic-led chamber could proceed with a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's diversion of funds to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Reversing a lower court judge, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 3-0 decision that the House had legal standing to sue Trump for using money to build the wall that was appropriated by Congress for other purposes. The case now returns to a lower court, where House Democrats will argue that diverting the funds violated the separation of powers doctrine laid out in the U.S. Constitution. A spokeswoman for...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday revived a House challenge of President Donald Trump’s use of Defense Department money to build a border wall after Democrats refused to provide funding he requested. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the House Democrats’ lawsuit. The appeals panel found the House had been wrongly cut out of its “constitutionally indispensable legislative role” when Trump unilaterally moved about $8 billion to border wall construction. Congress’ power to appropriate spending “is a core structural protection of the Constitution — a wall, so to speak, between the branches of government that prevents encroachment of the House’s and Senate’s power of the purse,”...
    DESPERATE illegal immigrants are willing to hide in fake seat compartments and hot car trunks to get into the US. But as images of the risky attempts to get into the US are revealed, billionaire Donald Trump edges closer to the White House with his policy of building a wall along the 1933 mile border between the US and Mexico. 10 The infamous 2006 picture of a man discovered sewn into the upholstery of a van seat to get across Mexican/US borderCredit: Rex Features 10 Men tried to hide in the compartments in the floor of a car to get into the US - just some of the thousands taking to desperate measuresCredit: Rex Features 10 People even risked getting into the hot boot...
    Instagram On September 18, a California woman was filmed attacking several Kumeyaay tribe members during a border wall protest. A video of a California woman is going viral after she was filmed attacking several members of a Native American tribe protesting the Trump Administration’s border wall. For months, the Kumeyaay tribe has been protesting the construction of the wall in East San Diego County, according to Fox 5 San Diego. The tribe, which has ancestral roots across the U.S.-Mexico border, has filed a lawsuit against the White House to cease efforts. On September 18, an unidentified woman was captured in a now-viral video attacking several protesters camping near the construction site, telling them to “get the f**k out...
    A screaming 'Karen' was filmed attacking a group of Native Americans opposing the Mexico border wall construction.  She then mocks the when they refuse to fight back and start praying to their ancestors.   Video footage shows the woman pushing and shoving the Southern California Native Americans, who are part of a group called Defend Kumeyaay Land.  They had gathered at the site of the wall in San Diego County, California, to peacefully protest against the construction of the Mexico border wall. The maskless woman shouts at the group, telling them to 'get the f*** out of here' and saying they are 'disturbing the job She hurls xenophobic remarks at them, telling them the land is hers and not theirs, but...
    San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents joined local first responders to rescue two migrants who became trapped while climbing a new section of border wall. A third sustained an injury after falling. Border Patrol agents patrolling a new section of border wall near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in Southern California on September 13 encountered two female migrants who became trapped atop the 30-foot bollard wall, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by San Diego Sector Border Patrol officials. The agents found a third person, a male Mexican national, lying injured on the ground between the primary and secondary walls, officials stated. The man became injured after falling from the wall. They also found a fourth man...
    You get to line your pockets more if you spend less on the product. Steve Bannon is now being charged for conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. He’s being charged along with three others connected to “We Build the Wall,” an organization that took in tens of millions of dollars of Americans’ donations in order to help build the border wall between the United States and Mexico that Donald Trump campaigned on. The one that Mexico was going to pay for. ProPublica, along with The Texas Tribune, reports that one of two new studies, soon to be entered into federal court, enumerate the many “deficiencies in the 3-mile border fence, built this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel.” The 3 miles of border...
    Four years after “Build the wall” was his signature phrase, immigration has taken a back seat to other issues in President Trump’s reelection campaign. The country is attempting to dig its way out of a pandemic and the economic damage left in its wake. Civil unrest has gripped the streets of major cities following the death of George Floyd in police custody. Some cities have seen an uptick in violent crime. “I think he needs to focus completely on rebuilding the economy, not building the wall,” said Republican strategist John Feehery. “Since COVID struck, illegal immigration isn't the issue top of mind for most voters. It's finding a job. Trump is good at creating a vibrant economy where jobs...
    A Karen attacked a group of Indigenous Americans in Southern California as they peacefully protested a border wall. Hide A group of Defend Kumeyaay Land members chose to turn their collective cheeks as a belligerent and aggressive Karen opposed the Kumeyaay’s peaceful protest against President Donald Trump’s infamous border wall construction on their land.  Hide “Tonight we experienced a violent woman who tried to tear our tents down,” the group stated on Instagram, where they posted a video of the incident. “We de escalated and stayed non violent. We used songs and prayers again just like how we non violently stop desecration to the land.” The Instagram video starts with the “border wall Karen” being told she is being recorded. The woman explains, using many expletives,...
    BRIAN Kolfage claimed that charges against him and Steve Bannon for conspiring to steal money from a fund to build a U.S-Mexico border wall are “blatantly false.” Kolfage, 37, also alleged in an interview with the New York Post that charges leveled against him, Bannon and two others by the US Attorney in the Southern District of New York are “politically motivated” to hurt supporters of President Donald Trump. 2Brian Kolfage is an Iraq war veteran accused of stealing funds from a campaign to fund the border wallCredit: Reuters 2Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon was also indicted in the scamCredit: Reuters “They made it up. It’s so blatantly false. If they can do this to us they can do it...
    The triple amputee Iraq veteran accused of stealing from the We Build The Wall campaign along with Steve Bannon and two others, has claimed the charges leveled against him are part of a 'politically motivated' scheme targeting Trump associates.  Brian Kolfage, 38, is charged with stealing $350,000 from the multimillion-dollar GoFundMe account he set up in support of President Trump's wall initiative in 2018. Federal prosecutors last month alleged the Purple Heart had siphoned some of the money to fund his and his wife's lavish lifestyle and had spent it on boats, an SUV, plastic surgery, jewelry, home renovations and credit card debt.   Kolfage on Saturday spoke out against the indictment in his first interview since his arrest, accusing federal prosecutors in Manhattan of...
    Getty North Dakota contractor Tommy Fisher and his company, Fisher Industries, has received $2 billion in border wall contracts from the Trump administration.  Over the past nine months, Fisher has become Trump’s go-to builder at the border, The Washington Post reports. Prior to this, however, his company was unsuccessful in repeated attempts to land a border wall contract. According to the report, for two years, Fisher Industries was often passed over by the Army Corps of Engineers in favor of more qualified firms with experience “in building border walls.” Fisher’s luck changed when the group We Build the Wall, led by former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon, contacted him in April 2019 about a project in New Mexico. Fisher...
    LAREDO, Tx – Organizers and veterans helped retouch a “Defund the Wall” street mural in Laredo on the same day a car parade of Trump supporters were scheduled to pass over it. Still, both events went on without issue after the Trump car parade was rerouted in an effort to avoid any physical confrontations, according to a report from the Laredo Morning Times Online. The “Trump Train,” a group of President Trump supporters, organized the parade of an estimated 300 participants, according to the Laredo Morning Times. Organizers told the newspaper that they had been in contact with different city officials about the event, which was planned to drive over the mural near the federal courthouse. Posted by...
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s current home is getting an 8-foot-tall wall built around it and other security updates, leaving taxpayers with a $1.1 million bill. The wall would help "ensure the safety, security, and protection of any sitting governor and the first family,” according to the governor’s office. The government-owned home is receiving the increased security due to threats Whitmer has received in recent months. Despite the new wall and electrified fence, the Democratic governor has a history of denouncing President Trump’s wall along the southern border, calling it "costly and ineffective" back in 2017. "$40 BILLION for the wall," Whitmer tweeted at the time. "Think how many kids that would educate, how many roads, bridges and...
    President Donald Trump said September 8 that he will fund the southern border wall by setting “a small toll” on people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. “We’re over 300 miles now, and we will be finished with it very soon,” Trump told his September 8 rally in Winston-Salem, N.C. He continued: Mexico is paying for the wall, just so you understand. They don’t say that. They never say it. But we’re going to charge a small fee at the border … It is the biggest border in the world in terms of people going across, in terms of industry … We’re putting a small toll on and maybe we’re going to do something with remittances. That’s why people come here, make money...
    Michigan Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has repeatedly denounced President Donald Trump’s border wall, but she is getting a border barrier around her residence, says a September 4 report in the Detroit News. The eight-foot-high fence is part of a $1.1 million security program for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state-owned residence in Lansing, Michigan, the newspaper reported. Whitmer has staked out a very public position against the wall being built on America’s southern border by President Trump: $40 BILLION for the wall. Think how many kids that would educate, how many roads, bridges and pipes it would fix. https://t.co/R9HaqLAsMZ — Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) January 25, 2017 “We must stand together, because when we do, we cannot fail. It is time we...
    JEREMY SCHWARTZ - Perla Trevizo September 7, 2020 7:45PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. It's not a matter of if a privately built border fence along the shores of the Rio Grande will fail, it's a matter of when, according to a new engineering report on the troubled project. The report is one of two new studies set to be filed in federal court this week that found numerous deficiencies in the 3-mile border fence, built this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel. The reports confirm earlier reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, which found that segments of the structure were in danger of overturning due to extensive erosion if not fixed and properly...
    By Jeremy Schwartz and Perla Trevizo, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica Sept. 2, 2020 “Privately built border wall will fail, engineering report says” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. This article is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. Also, sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. It’s not a matter of if a privately built border fence...
    Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) told Iowa’s Times-Republican on Saturday she wants to have secure borders; however, she voted twice to defund President Donald Trump’s construction of the United States’ southern border wall. Finkenauer told the Times-Republican for a candidate forum she believes in reforming the legal immigration systems and “secure borders.” She said: Parties should come together for immigration reform. We must have secure borders, and have a legal immigration system that functions and can be navigated. Through reforms, we can have a functioning system while keeping Americans safe. However, despite her claim that she wants to have secure borders, Finkenauer voted twice in 2019 to end Trump’s national emergency on the border, which gave the president funding to build a wall...
    (CNN)Customs and Border Protection encountered nearly 50,000 migrants at the US-Mexico border in August, acting Commissioner Mark Morgan announced Friday, marking a jump from July when nearly 40,000 migrants were encountered. Morgan dismissed the uptick Friday, saying in a news conference that as a result of a public health law, the administration is able to swiftly remove migrants who are apprehended -- a move that's been challenged in court and criticized by immigrant advocates and lawmakers. "The numbers become less relevant because the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] order gives us the authority and gives us the tools to do exactly what we need to do to protect American people," Morgan said during the news conference in Laredo, Texas....
    Part of Donald Trump's border wall is set to collapse just months after it was constructed due to erosion, a new engineering report has warned. The report, which is one of two studies to be filed to federal court later this week, found that the border wall along the shore of Rio Grande is at risk of buckling due to construction flaws. The three-mile private border was only built earlier this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel, the Texas Tribune reported.  A three-mile stretch of Donald Trump's private border wall at Rio Grande (above) is in danger of collapse due to erosion, a new engineering report has warned The documents, which were initially reported on by ProPublica and...
    PART of Donald Trump's border wall is about to collapse just months after it was built due to erosion, an engineering report is set to warn. The report is one of two that is set to be filed in federal court later this week. ⚠️Click here for the latest news on Donald Trump 3Part of the wall might collapse soonCredit: Reuters The document details that a three-mile stretch of border fencing along the Rio Grande is in danger of collapsing due to extensive erosion, the Texas Tribune reported. The part in question was built earlier this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel. Confirming the contract in May, Senator Kevin Cramer said Fisher Sand and Gravel Co offered...
    A new engineering report set to be filed in court this week is expected to say that parts of President Trump’s border wall are already in danger in collapsing. The report, which is one of two set to be filed later this week in federal court, found that a 3-mile stretch of border fencing along the Rio Grande -- and built earlier this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel – is endanger of collapsing due to extensive erosion, according to a Texas news outlet. Tommy Fisher, the company’s owner, has previously called this section of the barrier the “Lamborghini” of border walls, but engineers who have examined the new reports have called into question those claims. STEVE BANNON,...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. It’s not a matter of if a privately built border fence along the shores of the Rio Grande will fail, it’s a matter of when, according to a new engineering report on the troubled project. The report is one of two new studies set to be filed in federal court this week that found numerous deficiencies in the 3-mile border fence, built this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel. The reports confirm earlier reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, which found that segments of the structure were in danger of overturning due to extensive...
    GDA/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. It’s not a matter of if a privately built border fence along the shores of the Rio Grande will fail, it’s a matter of when, according to a new engineering report on the troubled project. The report is one of two new studies set to be filed in federal court this week that found numerous deficiencies in the 3-mile border fence, built this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel. The reports confirm...
    The newly-built, privately funded segment of the wall along the United States-Mexico border is going to fail, according to a court-mandated engineering report. As ProPublica revealed, the question isn’t whether it will fall into the Rio Grande, but “a matter of when.” The 3-mile segment of the wall is the focus of litigation involving Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist and adviser, and Brian Kolfage. Bannon and Kolfage are accused of taking crowdsourced money to built the wall for their non-profit “We Build the Wall” initiative, but instead used some of the funds to support their lavish lifestyles.   Alex Wong / Getty Images Built by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel, reports in May suggested that...
    A privately-funded 3-mile section of border wall built thanks to Steve Bannon and Brian Kolfage’s “We Build the Wall” (WBTW) organization is destined to fail, according to a pair of engineering reports reviewed by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. The inspections, both of which were conducted in relation to ongoing litigation surrounding the structure, confirm reports from May that said heavy erosion and inclement weather had left the wall “in danger of falling into the Rio Grande.” Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, and Kolfage, an Air Force veteran, have both been charged by federal prosecutors for defrauding WBTW donors to maintain their “lavish” lifestyles, according to The Department of Justice. Mark Tompkins, an environmental engineer who specializes in...
    A privately built border fence that spans 3-miles along the shores of the Rio Grande is already starting to erode, according to an engineering report on the project. Raw Story reports experts say it will only be a matter of time before the fence fails. The new engineering report is one of two studies that will be filed in federal court this week, according to the outlet. The border fence was built this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel. Issues with the fence were already reported by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. They reported that parts of the structure could possibly overturn due to extensive erosion. Concerns were dismissed by the builder as normal post-construction problems. Part of...
    Reuters August 31, 2020 0 Comments A U.S. judge on Monday set a May 2021 trial date for Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump, and three co-defendants on charges of defrauding donors in a scheme to build the president’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Federal prosecutors on Aug. 20 accused Bannon, U.S. Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage and two others of orchestrating a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of dollars in connection with a $25 million crowdfunding campaign called “We Build the Wall.” Bannon and Kolfage used hundreds of thousands of dollars of that money to cover personal expenses, according to the charges. Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea all pleaded not guilty at a...
    Ted Wheeler: Understanding the battle between Trump and Portlands mayor Who Was Edna Lewis? 6 Things To Know About The Grande Dame Of Southern Cuisine Bannon’s Co-Defendants Plead Not Guilty in Border Wall Case (Bloomberg) -- Three defendants charged alongside Steve Bannon in the criminal case involving a private effort to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall pleaded not guilty, as a federal judge set a trial date for May of next year. © Bloomberg Steve Bannon on Aug. 20. Brian Kolfage, Timothy Shea and longtime Bannon business partner Andrew Badolato entered their pleas virtually in federal court in lower Manhattan on Monday. Bannon, a onetime booster of President Donald Trump and an architect of his 2016 election campaign, pleaded...
    The trial for former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and his three alleged co-conspirators, who are accused of ripping off donors for a border wall online fundraiser, will face trial in spring 2021, a judge ordered Monday. Bannon, along with Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage and accused fraudsters Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea will face a jury in Manhattan federal court starting May 24th, judge Analisa Torres ruled at a court hearing Monday. Kolfage, Badolato and Shea each pleaded not guilty in the hearing to allegedly defrauding donors of the $25 million “We Build the Wall” fundraiser, which sought to raise private funds to build a border wall along the US Southern border with Mexico. Each of them were...
    MLB trade deadline tracker: Rumors, deals Selena Gomez Wants Rare Beauty To Feel Like Home For Everyone Former Trump aide Steve Bannon border wall fraud trial set for May 2021 A federal judge ordered that Steve Bannon, a former top aide to President Donald Trump, and three co-defendants begin their trial on charges of defrauding donors to a campaign to build a border wall on May 24, 2021. Bannon and three associates, Timothy Shea, Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato, are accused of defrauding donors as they raised "more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States." Federal prosecutor have said that Bannon received $1 million in funds from We Build the Wall, and...
    Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court, following his arraignment hearing for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in New York, August 20, 2020.Andrew Kelly | Reuters A federal judge on Monday ordered that Steve Bannon, a former top aide to President Donald Trump, and three co-defendants begin their trial on charges of defrauding donors to a campaign to build a border wall on May 24, 2021. "I'm going to be optimistic," said Judge Analisa Torres as she set that date, while noting that it could change given the coronvirus pandemic, which has significantly compromised the ability of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan and other courts to conduct normal...
    Raonic stuns Tsitsipas to reach Western & Southern Open final The Best Beauty Moments From Blackpink and Selena Gomezs "Ice Cream" Music Video Prosecutors ask We Build the Wall founder to tone down rhetoric after arrest Federal prosecutors said they raised concerns with an attorney for one of Stephen Bannon's associates in a border wall project to tone down his "highly inflammatory" language critical of the criminal charges or they may move to seek a gag order in the case. © Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News/AP Retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Airman Brian Kolfage in 2016. In a letter to Judge Analisa Torres, prosecutors wrote that Brian Kolfage, Bannon's associate in the We Build The Wall campaign, has...
    CLAIM: President Donald Trump said Thursday during the final night of the Republican National Convention (RNC), “Today, America’s borders are more secure than ever before.” VERDICT: True. A barrier of border agents, regulatory changes, and the steel-and-concrete wall have sharply dropped the cross-border flow of migrants, despite the massive economic pressure caused by the distant promise of decent jobs in the United States. In his acceptance speech at the RNC, Trump declared: Today, America’s borders are more secure than ever before. We ended catch-and-release, stopped asylum fraud, took down human traffickers who prey on women and children, and we have deported 20,000 gang members and 500,000 criminal aliens. We have already built 300 miles of border wall — and we...
    The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump GOP group, released a new ad Tuesday attacking President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Fear overshadows hope at GOP convention's first night Former Trump administration officials launch anti-Trump group Trump, GOP seek to rebut Democratic narrative on night one MORE's handling of the coronavirus outbreak by highlighting the pandemic's death toll and tying it to his signature border wall proposal. The group's latest ad paints a dark portrait of Trump's border wall concept, portraying 175,000 caskets from COVID-19 fatalities lined up to form the wall structure. The group released the minute-long ad, dubbed "The Wall," about an hour before the start of the second night of the Republican National Convention, which is seeking to gin up enthusiasm for Trump's reelection...
    Former Trump DHS official Miles Taylor unloaded on President Donald Trump, particularly on immigration policy, in a new interview. Taylor has been very vocal in the past few weeks about what he witnessed under President Donald Trump and how he’s supporting Joe Biden even though he’s a Republican. On the Daily Beast podcast The New Abnormal, Taylor laughed with Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast about the RNC convention and lamented the direction the GOP has gone overall under Trump. Following a joke about MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Taylor claimed that in a number of meetings with the president, they would be talking about an issue like border security and then suddenly Trump would say, “You know who’s just my...
    Alex Henderson August 24, 2020 9:28AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. This week, former Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon became the latest ally of President Donald Trump to face criminal charges when federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York indicted him for allegedly defrauding donors to the "We Build the Wall" project. Bannon and his associates raised over $25 million in a crowdfunding campaign, but Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss alleges that they didn't use the money for the construction of a U.S./Mexico border wall like they promised. Never Trump conservative and CNN pundit Amanda Carpenter, in an article published by The Bulwark on August 20, stresses that Bannon's arrest shouldn't be viewed as an anomaly, but...
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf denies endorsing We Build the Wall, despite the nonprofit's claim that he did so following a 2019 visit to a section of wall funded by the group. "I welcome all that want to be part of the solution," Wolf said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I did not specifically endorse this particular organization or what they are doing. ... Obviously, I do not endorse any fraud." STEVE BANNON, 'WE BUILD THE WALL' ORGANIZERS ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING DONORS We Build the Wall, which raised over $25 million in a crowdfunding campaign now accused of corruption, issued a press release in November 2019 claiming Wolf endorsed the group, whose founder, Brian Kolfage, was charged earlier this month with skimming $350,000...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly confronted acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Sunday over the DHS official’s past support of the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign, which federal prosecutors now allege was a scam to personally enrich former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon and campaign founder Brian Kolfage. Last week, Bannon, Kolfage, and two other associates were arrested and indicted on fraud charges, with prosecutors saying they “defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall.”  Bannon is accused of skimming over $1 million to pay personal expenses and secretly pay Kolfage, while Kolfage allegedly took over $350,000 from the campaign, in part to purchase a boat called Warfighter. Bannon...
    After Steve Bannon’s arrest on Thursday, Donald Trump tried to put a Grand Canyon-sized gap between himself and the “We Build The Wall” border scheme. Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea were indicted on counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The federal indictment says the crew pilfered “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and a Bannon-controlled nonprofit received more than $1 million in funds. The federal government is seeking to take possession of the fraudulently purchased items, like the flashy boat Kolfage purchased and used in recent “Trumptilla” boat parades. Incredibly enough, Bannon and Kolfage recorded a video promoting their scam fund and folks, you are not going to believe this—Bannon actually jokes they are filming in Saint-Tropez...
    Donald Trump and Kris Kobach. After Steve Bannon’s arrest on Thursday, Donald Trump tried to put a Grand Canyon-sized gap between himself and the “We Build The Wall” border scheme. Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea were indicted on counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The federal indictment says the crew pilfered “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and a Bannon-controlled nonprofit received more than $1 million in funds. The federal government is seeking to take possession of the fraudulently purchased items, like the flashy boat Kolfage purchased and used in recent “Trumptilla” boat parades. Incredibly enough, Bannon and Kolfage recorded a video promoting their scam fund and folks, you are not going to believe this—Bannon actually jokes...
    Alleged We Build The Wall 'fraudster' Brian Kolfage beams with pride as he and his family pose for festive photos in the White House - despite President Donald Trump's claims he 'didn't know' the accused conman. DailyMail.com can reveal how triple amputee Kolfage, 38, scored a VIP Christmas invite then bragged afterwards of briefing Trump personally about his crowd-funded border wall and even cracking jokes about Hillary Clinton. Another picture uncovered by DailyMail.com reveals the president standing beside Mike Furey, aka 'Foreman Mike' - the larger-than-life 'construction boss' who narrates numerous videos for We Build The Wall. It is unclear if he is a real builder or simply a social media frontman. Wearing his trademark hard hat, dark shades and...
    Steve Bannon called his arrest Thursday a "political hit job" and vowed to fight the federal indictment that alleges he defrauded hundreds of thousands of people who donated to a fundraising campaign to build a border wall with Mexico. "I'm not going to back up one inch," Bannon said Friday on America's Voice News. "All these charges are nonsense. It's a political hit job." STEVE BANNON PLEADS NOT GUILTY AFTER INDICTMENT IN 'WE BUILD THE WALL' CASE Bannon said that federal authorities are trying to silence him. "This fiasco yesterday was to intimidate anybody that wants to talk about American sovereignty and wants to talk about the wall," Bannon said. "We're never going to stop talking about that and fighting for it." Former White House strategist...
    In the wake of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and his “We Build The Wall” co-founder Brian Kolfage’s arrest on fraud charges relating to their crowdfunding campaign, a video has gone viral of Bannon joking about Kolfage’s “million dollar yacht” he bought with “all that money from Build the Wall.” Folks, this really happened. pic.twitter.com/EviEJCGvs7 — John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) August 21, 2020 The clip is from a livestream event that featured Bannon and Kolfage in Sunland Park, New Mexico. The six-hour livestream was on the first day of a three-day “Wall-a-thon” from June 24 to June 26. Bannon, Kolfage and others raised over $460,000 dollars in the first two days of the event alone, according to the...
    Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state and ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic National Convention What we'll remember from the 2020 Biden convention Chris Wallace labels Biden's acceptance speech 'enormously effective' MORE, said in a 2019 interview that he’d spoken with Trump three times about the private border wall construction effort that is now at the heart of a federal fraud investigation. Kobach said on an episode of the "We Build The Wall" show in May 2019 that Trump was "enthusiastic" about the project and gave it his blessing. "I've spoken to the President about this project on three occasions now," Kobach the general counsel and a board member for the project, said at...
    (CNN)Donald Trump ally Kris Kobach said in an interview last year that he had spoken with the President three times about the private border wall project that is currently at the center of a federal fraud investigation, and that Trump was "enthusiastic" about the project and it carried his blessing. Speaking on an episode of the "We Build The Wall" show in May 2019, Kobach, both the general counsel and a board member for the project, said he periodically spoke to the President to give him updates on progress of the project. New York federal prosecutors on Thursday charged Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon, and three others, with defrauding donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a...
    Former White House strategist-turned-accused fraudster Steve Bannon ranted on his podcast Friday that his arrest on money-laundering and other charges was a “political hit job” to stop people from speaking about the border wall. Bannon spouted the conspiracy theory a day after he was busted by federal agents for allegedly lining his pockets with cash raised through an online fundraising campaign dubbed “We Build the Wall.” “I am not going to back down. This is a political hit job,” Bannon said on his podcast, “War Room Pandemic.” “This was to stop and intimidate people who want to talk about the ​wall. This is to stop and intimidate people who have the president’s back on building the wall,” Bannon fumed....
    Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Friday called his arrest this week a "political hit job" after he was charged with fraud relating to a fundraising campaign aimed at supporting the U.S.-Mexico border wall. "I'm not going to back down. This is a political hit job," Bannon said Friday on his podcast, "War Room." Bannon said his arrest was an attempt to stoke fears in those that support Trump building the southern border war. "I'm in this for the long-haul. I'm in this for the fight. I'm going to continue to fight," added Bannon, who pled not guilty on Thursday.  He and three others were indicted Thursday for allegedly using hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations from...
    By Joseph Tanfani and Julia Harte (Reuters) - Brian Kolfage lost both legs and his right hand in a 2004 rocket attack in Iraq. He earned a Purple Heart and became known as one of the most severely injured U.S. service members to survive the war. It was this reputation as a war hero - showcased particularly in conservative media - that helped him raise $27 million for President Donald Trump’s promised “wall” on the U.S. southern border, a centerpiece of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Now Kolfage is one of four defendants, including former presidential adviser Steve Bannon, named in a federal indictment alleging the group secretly diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars for their personal use. The indictment was...
    Former White House strategist-turned-accused-fraudster Steve Bannon ranted on his podcast Friday that his arrest on money-laundering and other charges was a “political hit job” to stop people from speaking about the border wall. Bannon spouted the conspiracy theory a day after he was busted by federal agents for allegedly lining his pockets with cash raised through an online fundraising campaign dubbed “We Build the Wall.” “I am not going to back down. This is a political hit job,” Bannon said on his podcast, “War Room Pandemic.” “This was to stop and intimidate people who want to talk about the ​wall. This is to stop and intimidate people who have the president’s back on building the wall,” Bannon fumed. “We’re never...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon on Friday called his arrest yesterday a "political hit job" and vowed to fight the charges against him of fraud tied to a fundraising campaign purportedly aimed at supporting Trump's border wall."I'm not going to back down. This is a political hit job," Bannon said Friday on his conservative podcast, "War Room." "Everybody knows I love a fight." Bannon claimed his arrest was "to stop and intimidate people" that support Trump building the wall on the US southern border."I'm in this for the long-haul. I'm in this for the fight. I'm going to continue to fight," Bannon said. The three people indicted along with Steve Bannon: Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy SheaBannon...
    Yet another ally of President Donald Trump is facing federal criminal charges: the U.S. Department of Justice has indicted former Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon — who, in 2017, served as chief White House strategist in Trump’s administration — for allegedly defrauding Americans who made donations to crowdfund a U.S./Mexico border wall. Journalist Michael Harriot discusses Bannon’s indictment in a blistering but often humorous op-ed for The Root, stressing that he has a hard time feeling sorry for “racists” and Trump supporters who were allegedly ripped off by a “white nationalist.” “If a white nationalist robs a racist in the woods, can you hear me not giving a fuck?,” Harriot writes. “Should we applaud the fact that the bigoted propagandist...
    Washington — Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering Thursday, after federal prosecutors in New York announced that Bannon and three others were indicted for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million fundraising campaign to build a wall along the southern border.  Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss said Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea were arrested Thursday morning. Bannon was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Postal Service off the coast of Connecticut on a 152-foot yacht registered to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, law enforcement sources said. The indictment was unsealed Thursday morning.  Bannon was released on...
    (CNN)The three associates of Steve Bannon who were charged Thursday with defrauding donors to a crowdfunded effort to build a private US-Mexico border wall include a triple-amputee Iraq War veteran who helped run a right-wing Facebook page, a former writer for Bannon's Breitbart news website, and a real estate agent who started a company that sells energy drinks emblazoned with the President's face. According to the federal indictment, the three men -- Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea -- conspired with Bannon to profit off the wall-building effort, funneling money to themselves through sham nonprofits and shell corporations even as they publicly insisted every dollar donated would go to constructing a border wall. And all three mixed conservative causes...
    National Review’s Zachary Evans has reported on the Justice Department’s indictment of former Trump campaign manager and White House adviser Steve Bannon, along with three codefendants — Brian Kolfage, an Air Force vet who became a triple-amput ee serving in the Iraq War; Andrew Badolato, a longtime Bannon associate; and Timothy Shea, who helped Kolfage establish “We Build the Wall,” the campaign said to be at the center of the alleged fraud scheme. The indictment unsealed Thursday elucidates that a great deal of investigative scutwork went into this case, chiefly by the U.S. postal inspectors and prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. Indeed, the investigation was plainly in gear last autumn: The indictment says that in October 2019,...
    Steve Bannon's arrest in connection with an alleged We Build The Wall fundraising scam was assisted by an unlikely group of law enforcement officers: armed inspectors from the US Postal Service.  Bannon, once one of President Donald Trump's top aides, was taken into custody on Thursday morning after a Coast Guard vessel stopped him on a yacht owned by exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui off the coast of Connecticut.  The first officers to step on the deck of the yacht were gun-toting members of the US Postal Investigative Service (USPIS), who swept the boat before federal agents came in to put Bannon in handcuffs.  The central role USPIS played in the stunning arrest helped pull the agency out of obscurity...
    The founder of “We Build the Wall” — who was charged Thursday with defrauding donors to the project — was also planning on selling their data, according to a report. Brian Kolfage, 38, used his organization to compile millions of email addresses and phone numbers in order to start a political consulting business, according to The Daily Beast. The triple-amputee Air Force veteran shopped around the idea to a Republican strategist earlier this year, claiming his voter contact list was one of the largest in GOP politics, in an email that was seen by the website. He said he had names, email addresses, phone numbers and other data points about donors to his nonprofit — which claimed to raise funds...
    Quest for the Stanley Cup: Scores, schedules in the bubble Never Store These 9 Things in a Storage Unit Pay Pledge by Border-Wall Fund at Center of Bannon Fraud Case (Bloomberg) -- The organization began almost two years ago as a push to help President Donald Trump fulfill a signature 2016 campaign pledge by raising donations toward building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead, it’s at the center of another criminal case involving Trump loyalists. Load Error The non-profit We Build the Wall Inc., created in part by former presidential adviser Stephen Bannon, was pitched to donors as a way to circumvent the bureaucracy and litigation hobbling Trump’s vision. The foundation was backed by prominent supporters of...
    Getty Steve Bannon’s ‘Construct the Wall’ marketing campaign employed controversial Fisher Industries to construct Trump’s border wall. Stephen Okay. Bannon was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and cash laundering on August 20, 2020. The previous prime advisor to President Donald Trump was federally charged together with three others, Timothy Shea, Andrew Badolato, and Brian Kolfage, for his or her involvement in what prosecutors say was scheme to steal funds from donors to the “We Construct The Wall” marketing campaign, in accordance with a press launch from the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York. Whereas Fisher Industries was not named within the indictment, it’s the...
    Getty Steve Bannon's 'Build the Wall' campaign hired controversial Fisher Industries to build Trump's border wall. Stephen K. Bannon was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering on August 20, 2020. The former top advisor to President Donald Trump was federally charged along with three others, Timothy Shea, Andrew Badolato, and Brian Kolfage, for their involvement in what prosecutors say was scheme to steal funds from donors to the “We Build The Wall” campaign, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. While Fisher Industries was not named in the indictment, it is the parent company of Fisher Sand & Gravel, the construction company...
    A video of Donald Trump Jr praising We Build The Wall at an event last year has emerged after the group's leader Brian Kolfage and former top Trump aide Steve Bannon were arrested for allegedly running a crowd-funded border wall scam.  Don Jr, the eldest son of President Donald Trump, gave a 15-minute speech at the 'Symposium at the Wall: Cartels, Trafficking and Asylum' event in July 2019, during which he gushed about the groups efforts to raise money for a border wall.  'This is what capitalism is all about. This is private enterprise at its finest,' Don Jr says as he holds hands with Kolfage, a Purple Heart recipient and triple-amputee. 'Doing it better, faster, cheaper than anything else....
    A defiant Steve Bannon claimed Thursday that his bombshell indictment on fraud and money-laundering charges was a “fiasco” caused by people who want to block the construction of the border. As he walked out of Manhattan federal court in Lower Manhattan Thursday, Bannon ripped off his surgical mask before claiming to members of the press that “this entire fiasco is to stop people who want to build the wall.” About two hours before he emerged from court, Bannon pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges related to an alleged scheme he and three other people ran to line their pockets with cash donated to a “We Build the Wall” online fundraiser. The charges were brought by Southern District...
    By ELLIOT SPAGAT and ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press President Donald Trump is trying to keep his promised border wall with Mexico in the public eye during his reelection bid, touting it this week on a trip to Yuma, Arizona. But the wall brought Trump unwanted attention Thursday when former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested on charges that he and three associates ripped off donors to an online fundraising effort that aimed to build a privately funded barrier. Trump distanced himself from Bannon while claiming he knew nothing about the project and never supported it. Here are some questions and answers about where Trump stands on a signature campaign promise: WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE BORDER WALL? The...
    Brian Kolfage (left, seated, in gray hat) and Donald Trump, Jr. (standing with microphone). Former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon, along with Brian Kolfage and two others, has been indicted on federal money laundering and wire fraud charges.  The indictments of the four men surround a privately funded border wall which has come under suspicion and controversy in the past. The charges highlight stark differences between the president and his son, Donald Trump, Jr., about the construction of the private wall along the southern border.  The president on Thursday renewed his complaints against the project, which he called “inferior” and “too complex” for anyone but a government agency.  However, last year, Trump Jr. extolled the private wall as “showing, really,...
    President Donald Trump is trying to keep his promised border wall with Mexico in the public eye during his reelection bid, touting it this week on a trip to Yuma, Arizona. But the wall brought Trump unwanted attention Thursday when former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested on charges that he and three associates ripped off donors to an online fundraising effort that aimed to build a privately funded barrier. Trump distanced himself from Bannon while claiming he knew nothing about the project and never supported it. Here are some questions and answers about where Trump stands on a signature campaign promise: WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE BORDER WALL? The administration says it built 245 miles (392 kilometers)...
    President Donald Trump is trying to keep his promised border wall with Mexico in the public eye during his reelection bid, touting it this week on a trip to Yuma, Arizona. But the wall brought Trump unwanted attention Thursday when former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested on charges that he and three associates ripped off donors to an online fundraising effort that aimed to build a privately funded barrier. Trump distanced himself from Bannon while claiming he knew nothing about the project and never supported it. Here are some questions and answers about where Trump stands on a signature campaign promise: WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE BORDER WALL? The administration says it built 245 miles (392 kilometers)...
    On Thursday morning, the news cycle exploded with yet another member of Donald Trump’s inner circle facing federal charges, bringing the total to six Trump confidantes who’ve faced charges since 2016. This time it is Steve Bannon, who joins Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, and Michael Flynn in the Trump Indictment Club. Bannon was the Trump campaign’s chief executive officer in 2016. He later followed Trump to the White House as chief strategist, a position he left in August 2017 to return to Breitbart News and attach himself to a series of grifts, including the one he is now facing charges for, which involved soliciting donations for a privately built border wall and then, according to prosecutors, fraudulently creating sham invoices and shell...
    Reuters August 20, 2020 0 Comments Steve Bannon, an architect of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, was arrested on a yacht on Thursday and pleaded not guilty after being charged with defrauding donors in a scheme to help build the president’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. As a top adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign who later served as White House chief strategist, Bannon helped articulate the “America First” right-wing populism and fierce opposition to immigration that have been hallmarks of Trump’s 3-1/2 years in office. Trump fired Bannon from his White House post in August 2017. Bannon, 66, was among four people arrested and charged by federal prosecutors in Manhattan with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy...
    President Trump's former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon pleaded not guilty to charges that he allegedly defrauded donors in a $25 million "We Build the Wall" scam. On Thursday morning, prosecutors unsealed indictments against Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea, individuals who led the fundraiser in efforts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. All four men were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, which could amount to 20 years in prison. “As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money...
    President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon pleaded not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall in federal court Thursday, hours after he was pulled from a yacht off the coast of Connecticut and arrested. He and three others were charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday in Manhattan federal court. At his hearing the same day, Bannon had his hands cuffed in front of him while a large, white mask covered most of his face. He rocked back and forward as he sat on a chair in a holding cell at Manhattan federal court, from where he appeared via video as his lawyers were on the telephone....
    (CNN)After New York federal prosecutors indicted President Donald Trump's former campaign CEO and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, along with three others in an alleged scheme to defraud donors in a border wall fundraising campaign, the President claimed that he did not know people involved in the project."I know nothing about the project other than I didn't like when I read about it, I didn't like it," Trump said on Thursday. "I said this is for government, this isn't for private people, and it sounded to me like showboating and I think I let my opinion be very strongly stated at the time: I didn't like it, it was showboating and maybe looking for funds, but you'll have to...
    On Thursday morning, the news cycle exploded with yet another member of Donald Trump’s inner circle facing federal charges, bringing the total to six Trump confidantes who’ve faced charges since 2016. This time it is Steve Bannon, who joins Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, and Michael Flynn in the Trump Indictment Club. Bannon was the Trump campaign’s chief executive officer in 2016. He later followed Trump to the White House as chief strategist, a position he left in August 2017 to return to Breitbart News and attach himself to a series of grifts, including the one he is now facing charges for, which involved soliciting donations for a privately built border wall and then, according to prosecutors, fraudulently creating sham invoices and shell...
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former political adviser Steve Bannon pleads not guilty in border wall scheme. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)An associate of the border wall crowdfunding group We Build the Wall told CNN Thursday that federal agents "raided" his recreational vehicle in Mesquite, Nevada, hours before prosecutors unsealed charges accusing others involved in the group, including President Donald Trump's former senior adviser Steve Bannon, of defrauding donors.Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence, who are listed on the group's website as part of the We Build the Wall team, were both served with warrants for their cellphones and subpoenas to appear before a grand jury, Stockton told CNN. He and Lawrence have not been charged with any crime.Steve Bannon, three others charged with fraud in border wall fundraising campaign"In the predawn, heavily armed federal agents served Jennifer Lawrence and I with...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Long-time MLB pitcher and borderline Hall of Famer Curt Schilling has reportedly been arrested and is in custody for his alleged involvement in the fraudulent “We Build The Wall” campaign, according to TodaysFive.com.  Earlier on Thursday, Steve Bannon — a former adviser of President Donald Trump — Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea were arrested and face up to 20 years in prison for their role the same campaign. Bannon and the other trio were charged by a New York federal prosecutor with defrauding donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a fake fundraiser initially advertising that financial support would...
    President Donald Trump denied Thursday knowing anything about the scheme that saw his former campaign manager Steve Bannon arrested on allegations he fleeced supporters of the boarder wall for millions of dollars. The president also tried to distance himself from Bannon, who served as a senior counselor in the White House for the first eight months after Trump took office and ran the final days of his successful 2016 presidential campaign. 'I feel very badly. I haven't been dealing with him for a very long period of time,' Trump said in the Oval Office shortly after federal prosecutors announced Bannon's indictment, adding: 'I haven't been dealing with him at all. It's a very sad thing by Mr. Bannon.' 'He was...
    In December 2018, a US veteran named Brian Kolfage launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe called “We The People Will Fund The Wall.” The purpose was self-explanatory: It aimed to raise one billion dollars to help finance a wall on the US-Mexico border, in support of a central election promise of President Donald Trump. Within a week, the campaign received $17 million in donations and plenty of national media attention. Soon after, Kolfage brought on former Trump aide Steve Bannon as a collaborator. By Tuesday of this week, the effort—since renamed “We The People BUILT the Wall!”—had collected $25.6 million from over 250,000 individual donors. This morning, it all came tumbling down. The Department of Justice this morning...
    No right-wing cause célèbre would be complete without some on-air boosting from Fox News. And in the case of Steve Bannon’s allegedly fraudulent “We Build the Wall” fundraiser, the conservative cable channel obliged. Bannon, a former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of using that border wall fundraising campaign to enrich himself and the fund’s founder Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran who was also arrested.  According to federal prosecutors, Bannon and Kolfage, along with two others, defrauded the hundreds of thousands of donors who gave $25 million to their effort to privately fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The alleged wall scammers used those funds—despite publicly claiming “All money donated to...
    The wife of the alleged ringleader of the “We Build the Wall” scam that ensnared former White House adviser Steve Bannon on Thursday told The Post that her husband is a trustworthy man — and claimed she had no idea he was allegedly bilking donors. Ashley Kolfage, 34, insisted that she does not follow her husband Brian Kolfage’s social media campaigns and political activism, which led to his indictment on fraud charges in the Southern District of New York on Thursday. “I don’t follow any of his social media stuff. I don’t follow any of his political stuff, I am completely far away from any of that,” Ashley said. Brian, a triple amputee and Air Force veteran, allegedly siphoned...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Obama enters battle, enraging Trump Harris pledges to fight for country's ideals in accepting VP nomination Pelosi paints Trump and McConnell as twin impediments to progress MORE’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpWatchdog to weigh probe of Trump administration advancements of Pebble Mine Trump pledges to look at 'both sides' on Pebble Mine Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr.'s account after sharing coronavirus disinformation MORE, is seeking to distance himself from the “We Build the Wall” crowdfunding campaign after former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and three others were arrested and charged with defrauding donors.  A spokesperson for Trump Jr., whose name is listed on the organization's website as having endorsed it, said he had...
    Back in the summer of 2016, Steve Bannon interviewed Peter Schweizer on Bannon’s Breitbart News radio show. The two discussed Clinton Cash, the 2015 book that Schweizer wrote about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s foreign financial entanglements. Bannon’s takeaway was simple. The Clintons, he insisted, are corrupt. “The Clinton have sold out their own people for cold cash,” Bannon said. “They are grifters.” He added, baselessly, that the former first couple was running a “money laundering operation.” (Bannon would go on to run the Trump campaign and briefly serve in the Trump White House.) Fast forward to 2020: Bannon, along with three other individuals, has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud relating to...
    (CNN)The idea of a private border wall started with a GoFundMe campaign that rapidly raked in more than $20 million. Now prosecutors are accusing its organizers of defrauding donors and pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal expenses.It's the latest development in a project that's spurred controversy since its inception, while drawing millions of dollars of support and endorsements from many Trump allies.Here's a look at some of the key events that have unfolded since the project began in 2018:The campaign beginsBrian Kolfage, a triple amputee and Air Force veteran, starts a GoFundMe campaign in December 2018 saying "political inaction" has inspired him to raise private funds for a border wall. Within days, the project raises more than $20...
    By Larry Neumeister, Colleen Long and Jill Colvin | Associated Press NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising effort to build a southern border wall, making him the latest in a long list of Trump associates to be indicted or charged. The “We Build The Wall” fundraiser was headed by men who pushed their close ties to President Trump and raised more than $25 million. They touted their effort to help the president realize his vision of a “big beautiful” wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, especially after Trump’s effort to redirect millions in government funds, was held up through...
    Washington — Federal prosecutors in New York announced Thursday that Steve Bannon, President Trump's former White House chief strategist, has been indicted along with three others for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million fundraising campaign to build a wall along the southern border. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss said Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea were arrested Thursday morning. Bannon, 66, was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Postal Service, a law enforcement source said, and is set to appear before a federal judge in Manhattan. The indictment was unsealed Thursday morning. Bannon joined the Trump campaign in 2016 and subsequently served in the White House as chief...