So I wonder if Steve Bannon is second guessing his decision to accept that pardon from Donald Trump. Because it looks like justice might be coming for Steve Bannon and Justice. Matters. Hail Glenn Kershner here, so there's a delicious story that just got reported, remember, a little over a month ago when Donald Trump pardoned his criminal associate, Steve Bannon.
Remember, Bannon was being prosecuted by the Department of Justice, specifically the federal prosecutors at the Southern District of New York, U.S. attorney's office for his running this fraudulent nonprofit that we build, the Wall Foundation, where Bannon and his criminal associates were basically stealing from Donald Trump's supporters, saying they were going to use the money to build a wall on the southern border when in fact, they were just enriching themselves.
And remember, after he got pardoned by his man, Donald Trump, Bannon was preening around like an unkempt peacock. You know, he thought he was all good. But what did we just learn? Well, here's the headline from the New York Daily News. Banin Records subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A. in apparent bid to prosecute Trump pardoned crimes. And here's how that story begins. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance recently subpoenaed financial records relating to a fraudulent build the wall scam allegedly orchestrated by Steve Bannon, signaling the New York prosecutor is looking to go after the right wing strategist for crimes pardoned by former President Donald Trump.
Or as this Forbes headline sort of succinctly begins, pardon?
So here's the thing about a decision to accept the presidential pardon, you know, it can be a lot like one too many shots of tequila.
Might feel good in the moment. But you're going to regret it later, why do I say that? Well, first of all, when a guy like Steve Bannon commits federal financial crimes, right. Basically running a fraudulent nonprofit, stealing from donors, you know what he is not doing?
He is not taking that money that he steals from donors and reporting it out on his federal income taxes as income.
Right. So he's committing a whole bunch of federal crimes, including federal tax fraud.
Well, when you're running that kind of a scam, you're not only failing to report that stolen money on your federal income tax forms, you're also failing to report it on your state income tax forms. So that's just one of the state financial crimes. And there are others that Steve Bannon would have been committing while he was running this fraudulent nonprofit.
Now, what are the implications to Steve Bannon of his decision to accept a pardon from Donald Trump?
Let's see what the Supreme Court has to say about it, because in nineteen fifteen, in a case called George Burdick versus the United States, the Supreme Court told us what the consequences are of a person deciding to accept a presidential pardon.
The Supreme Court said that a pardon carries with it an imputation of guilt. And accepting a pardon is a confession of guilt.
So it looks like by Steve Bannon deciding to accept the presidential pardon by application of Supreme Court precedent, he confessed to the crimes.
So it looks like justice might be coming for Steve Bannon after all. And justice matters.
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