Skip to comments.The Story Behind Bannon's Arrest
Posted on 08/25/2020 5:35:51 AM PDT by Kaslin
On August 20th, President Trumps former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was arrested on fraud charges relating to the We Build the Wall construction project on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The news made for splashy headlines, but story behind the charges was more mundane. Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee veteran and Purple Heart recipient, used a crowdfunding website as part of a political gag aimed at raising $1 billion dollars to construct a U.S.-Mexico border wall. After unexpectedly raising $17 million dollars within the first week, Kolfage decided to hand off the suddenly real and ambitious initiative to someone with more experience, connections, and resources. Steve Bannon stepped up to help the fledgling project navigate the labyrinth of red tape and regulations designed to stop the project.
The crowdfunding website relinquished the funds to a nonprofit set up by Bannon as Kolfage continued to promote the project, raising additional funds while promising to spend 100% of funds on the walls construction and not to pay a salary to the organizers. Indeed, the bylaws of the new 501(c)(4) We Build the Wall nonprofit reflect these statements. Under Bannon, We Build the Wall began paying various construction, marketing, and legal vendors for work relating to the project. One of these vendors owned by Bannon associate Timothy Shea began paying Kolfage for marketing work on the project. Kolfage could not get paid as an organizer but could as an employee of a vendor, receiving a total of $350,000 since 2018 for his work on the project.
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“Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York disagreed, conducting a pre-dawn raid to arrest yet another Trump ally”
The real reason.
“Although the maneuvers themselves were legal, two fraud charges were filed on the premise that the payments made to Kolfage by various legal, construction, and marketing vendors broke the promise that organizers would be unpaid.”
What he allegedly did was LEGAL, but FedGov has evaluated and is “enforcing” his business contract.
I didn’t send him money, but am not going to bash those who did.
This appears all politics all the time by our domestic enemies, who KNOW they are at war against all America stands for.
day in court should clear this up.
I figured it would be something like this.
If it’s legal, why in the world would the DOJ get involved?
...and if a few more Republicans had been elected to the Senate, that Strauss bitch wouldn’t be in her position of power and Trump, like EVERY president before him, would have had his person in that office. But since Roberts and some Republicans in the Senate are RINOs, why should we vote at all. Right? Teach them RINOs a lesson. Right? Principle. Right?
As it worked out, made for bad optics. Why not hire someone else?
The question for the prosecutor would be: Do you go after ANY charitable agency that does the same practice? Would that include ones you contribute to? If not, why are you not under indictment, for using a position of trust to further political position rather than as an officer of the court to further justice?
Where is there any ‘crime’ ?
They paid Kolfage as an employee of one of the sub-organizations they hired to promote the charity- Did they expect him to work for free while traveling around the country doing promotion work?
I’m glad I kept my powder dry.
$350k a lot for fundraising, especially when you said you would take anything.
Most charities line plenty of pockets before anything gets accomplished.
I think this is New York State- does Barr control this?
Tell that to General Flynn. These monsters will not sleep until every last one of us is crushed.
There is no longer justice only politics.
IIRC it’s Federal,not state.
Ultimately he does. I’m hoping he’s playing the long game and letting SDNY destroy their own selves courtesy of the Honey Badger Steve Bannon
the corrupt judges will begin to see that they can no longer manipulate the law and keep their cushy jobs...
they will have to side with the law.
When will something be done about the SDNY? They are a political weapon.
they paid him that since 2018. That’s not a LOT of money over that period of time.
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