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Steve Bannon appears in court on HANDCUFFS when he pleads not guilty to $ 25 million wall fraud


Steve Bannon was released on $ 5 million bail after appearing in court handcuffed and pleading not guilty of being part of an alleged border wall fraud.

The former Donald Trump campaign strategist beamed with excitement as he emerged from federal court in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon with his coronavirus mask in one hand and papers in the other.

Bannon had appeared before a judge on charges of fraud against hundreds of thousands of people as part of a group that had pledged to use private donations to build a section of the border wall – hours after boarding a Chinese billionaire's super yacht See had been arrested.

During the hearing, the 66-year-old had his hands cuffed in front of him with a large white mask covering most of his face. He was still wearing his distinctive two shirts.

He rocked back and forth as he sat in a chair in a cell in the courthouse, where he appeared on video while his attorneys dialed in on the phone.

Judge Stewart Aaron approved Bannon's release on bail of $ 5 million backed by a fortune of $ 1.75 million.

Two "financially responsible" co-signers are required to guarantee his bail, and he was ordered to surrender his passport and was prohibited from traveling outside of Washington DC or contacting his co-defendants without permission. He was specifically banned from private planes and yachts.

The circumstances surrounding his arrest – Bannon was aboard the 150-foot yacht Lady May owned by Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui in Long Island Sound off Connecticut, NBC News reported for the first time – made a curious turn a former top advisor had the president charged with assisting scammers by channeling donations to one of his partners and funding a "lavish" lifestyle.

DailyMail.com received the last photos of Bannon hours before federal agents seized him in a dramatic arrest and checked his phone on the $ 35 million yacht off Westbrook, Connecticut.

The source who took the photos said, "We saw the yacht come in on Tuesday night, and the next day we saw a C-130 military aircraft circle overhead. There were more Coast Guard military aircraft everywhere today."

Former Donald Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon left Manhattan federal court on Thursday after pleading guilty to being part of an alleged border wall fraud

66-year-old Bannon beamed with excitement when he walked out of court after his wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy hearing

66-year-old Bannon beamed with excitement when he walked out of court after his wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy hearing

Bannon was holding his coronavirus mask in one hand and waving to the crowds that had gathered outside the courthouse

Bannon was holding his coronavirus mask in one hand and waving to the crowds that had gathered outside the courthouse

He was quickly inundated with reporters desperate to hear what he had to say about the charges brought against him

He was quickly inundated with reporters desperate to hear what he had to say about the charges brought against him

From the White House to the Big House: Bannon appeared via video link at federal court in Manhattan. He was in a cell, handcuffed, and wearing two shirts and a mask. He pleaded not guilty to fraud cases with a maximum penalty of 40 years

From the White House to the Big House: Bannon appeared via video link at federal court in Manhattan. He was in a cell, handcuffed, and wearing two shirts and a mask. He pleaded not guilty to fraud cases with a maximum penalty of 40 years

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon listens to Judge Stewart Aaron quit during his trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in Manhattan Federal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, United States The video can be seen on August 20, 2020. REUTERS / Jane Rosenberg

Judge Stewart Aaron approved Bannon's release on bail of $ 5 million backed by a fortune of $ 1.75 million.

Chinese authorities have accused Wengui of fraud. He was pictured aboard the mega-yacht with Bannon, and that summer they stood behind an attempt to declare a new "New China State" that hoisted flags being pulled by planes around New York Harbor.

Bannon helped make the confrontation with China a centerpiece of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, a stance the president continued during his tenure. Another key tenet of this election was the construction of a wall on the southern border that Trump said Mexico – not the U.S. government – would pay for.

The We Build The Wall program raised $ 25 million to fund its own barriers in Texas and New Mexico, some of which have been built. The group's online call for funds included a picture of President Trump and a stamp that read "Trump Approved". His son Don Jr. attended a section in Sunland Park, New Mexico in July 2019.

However, prosecutors say it was a scam: the donors' money was also passed on to founder Brian Kolfage and Bannon.

Bannon, who helped direct Trump's campaign and joined him as chief strategist at the White House in 2017 to be forced out, is accused of receiving $ 1 million on the alleged program and spending hundreds of thousands of it on spending .

House Before His Arrest: Steve Bannon, wearing his distinctive two shirts, was on deck checking his phone before federal agents arrested him with a C-130 plane overhead

House Before His Arrest: Steve Bannon, wearing his distinctive two shirts, was on deck checking his phone before federal agents arrested him with a C-130 plane overhead

Luxury: Lady May registered in the Cayman Islands, from whom Steve Bannon was confiscated

Luxury: Lady May registered in the Cayman Islands, from whom Steve Bannon was confiscated

HOW ALLEGED FRAUD WORKS

In 2018, Kolfage set up the GoFundMe account to endorse President Trump and prove the nation's appetite for a border wall between the US and Mexico.

It was inundated with donations from Republicans and had raised more than $ 20 million by December this year. GoFundMe grew suspicious of where the money was going and warned Kolfage not to donate it to a legitimate charity or to reimburse anyone who had given it.

At this point, prosecutors said Bannon, Timothy Shea and Andrew Badolato got involved. They used Shell companies and We Build The Wall Inc, a nonprofit created by Bannon, to launder the money back to Kolfage and keep some to themselves.

The fund would pay the Shell companies, then they would return the money to accounts owned by Kolfage or his wife and mark the transactions as "media," "advice" or "social media," it claims.

Despite claims to GoFundMe that he would never take a dime from donations, the indictment alleges that Kolfage received a monthly salary of $ 20,000 in addition to a one-time payment of $ 100,000. In total, it is said that he took $ 350,000.

Bannon reportedly took $ 1 million of it – some he used to pay for colfage, others he allegedly kept and spent on hotels, travel, and credit card debt.

The group's founder, Kolfage, is also accused of fraudulently bagging money. He claimed he didn't get a penny from the program, but received $ 100,000 upfront and $ 20,000 a month, prosecutors said, and led a lavish lifestyle on Miramar Beach in the Florida panhandle.

Kolfage, an Iraq war veteran who had both legs amputated and his right arm in a missile attack, was arrested at his Florida home.

In the White House, Trump denied knowing anything about the program and tried to distance himself from his former campaign manager.

& # 39; I feel very bad. I haven't looked at him in a very long time, "he said in the Oval Office, and then added," I haven't looked at him at all. It is a very sad thing from Mr. Bannon. & # 39;

"He was involved in our campaign and for a small part of our administration." In fact, Bannon was the campaign's CEO for the past 88 days following the overthrow of Paul Manafort – who is now a convicted criminal himself – and then Trump's & # 39; chief strategist & # 39; with an office in the west wing near the Oval Office.

He also tried to distance himself from the plan despite being connected to his inner circle, saying, “I don't like this project. I thought it was done for showboating reasons. It was something I felt was inappropriate. & # 39;

The breathtaking indictment against a former top Trump adviser comes on the fourth day of the Democratic Convention when Joe Biden speaks.

"Nobody needed federal charges to know Steve Bannon was a scam," Kate Bedingfield, assistant campaign manager at Biden, told reporters on a conference call.

Trump, she said, & # 39; has consistently used his office to enrich himself, his family and friends. So is it really any surprise that another of the Grifters he surrounded himself with and promoted to the highest levels of government was only charged? Unfortunately not. & # 39;

Together on the yacht: This is Steven Bannon on the Lady May with his owner Guo Wengui, a fugitive Chinese billionaire who has declared his own new government in China. The 150-foot ship was off Connecticut when he was taken into custody

Together on the yacht: This is Steven Bannon on the Lady May with his owner Guo Wengui, a fugitive Chinese billionaire who has declared his own new government in China. The 150-foot ship was off Connecticut when he was taken into custody

Live from the yacht - before the government arrived: Steve Bannon took part in his Lady May podcast "War Room" on Wednesday. He was in federal custody and was on his way to court the next morning

Live from the yacht – before the government arrived: Steve Bannon took part in his Lady May podcast "War Room" on Wednesday. He was in federal custody and was on his way to court the next morning

Seized: This is Lady May off the Connecticut coast on the Thursday after Steve Bannon's arrest.

Seized: This is Lady May off the Connecticut coast on the Thursday after Steve Bannon's arrest.

& # 39; Sorry. & # 39; Donald Trump, who met Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the White House, tried to distance himself from both Bannon - he said he hadn't looked at him in a long time - and the wall plan, despite his ties to his family and his inner circle

& # 39; Sorry. & # 39; Donald Trump, who met Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the White House, tried to distance himself from both Bannon – he said he hadn't looked at him in a long time – and the wall plan, despite his ties to his family and his inner circle

Where it is: The Lady May is located very close to Westbrook, CT, where she was boarded by federal agents who removed Steve Bannon

Where it is: The Lady May is located very close to Westbrook, CT, where she was boarded by federal agents who removed Steve Bannon

Where it is: The Lady May is located very close to Westbrook, CT, where she was boarded by federal agents who removed Steve Bannon

How It Was Marketed: This was the GoFundMe that was originally set up to privately fund a border wall

How It Was Marketed: This was the GoFundMe that was originally set up to privately fund a border wall

Husband and Wife Fraud: Prosecutors say Brian Kolfage passed cash to himself to pay for boat payments, cosmetic surgery, and tax and credit card debt. His wife Ashley, 34, received cash that was also hidden. She will not be charged

Husband and Wife Fraud: Prosecutors say Brian Kolfage passed cash to himself to pay for boat payments, cosmetic surgery, and tax and credit card debt. His wife Ashley, 34, received cash that was also hidden. She will not be charged

Trump World Star: In July 2019 Donald Trump Jr. visited part of the wall that was built in New Mexico according to Brian Kolfage's plan

Trump World Star: In July 2019 Donald Trump Jr. visited part of the wall that was built in New Mexico according to Brian Kolfage's plan

Who is the mysterious Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui?

Federal authorities arrested former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon aboard Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui's 150-foot mega-yacht.

Guo is wanted by Chinese authorities who have charged him with fraud, bribery and extortion. But Guo says he fled mainland China after accusing state officials of corruption.

He is a friend of Bannon's, and Guo posted a picture of the two men apparently sitting on board the yacht. It has sleek white upholstery and large windows for panoramic sea views.

The two men made a bold pitch for a Chinese government-in-exile on the fourth weekend of July.

Guo had propeller-driven planes carry banners in the New York harbor and announced: "Congratulations to the state of New China!" – a state that does not otherwise exist.

On a livestream, Guo said with Bannon at his side and the Statue of Liberty in the background, "As of today, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will no longer be the rightful government of China."

He continued, “I am here to say to everyone who loves peace, justice and humanitarian aid – we will end the Communist Party once and for all. We have hundreds of support countries, ”reported the New York Post.

According to a 2018 New York Times Magazine profile, Guo fled China in 2014, awaiting allegations of corruption by state authorities. The move came in the midst of crackdowns against dissidents and corruption organized by the state Communist Party apparatus.

He has sent statements criticizing anti-corruption officials in China and making his comments in interviews with Western branches and on his own videos.

“Everyone in China is a slave. Except for the nobility, ”he said on a video.

He maintains a 9,000 square foot residence that overlooks Central Park in Manhattan.

The FBI was not involved in the investigation, but the US Postal Inspectors. It was spearheaded by prosecutors from the Public Corruption Division of the US Attorney's Office in Southern News York – the same division that indicted Jeffrey Esptein and arrested Ghislaine Maxwell.

The high profile arrest immediately raised questions about whether key Justice Department officials were aware of the investigation of a one-time top advisor to the president.

Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press that he first heard of the investigation a few months ago, but has not received regular information on the case.

Prosecutors said the group had promised donors that it would be a voluntary action that would direct any funds towards a crash to build a wall with no government bureaucracy. In reality, New York prosecutors say the group's founders withdrew money for themselves.

"The defendants have allegedly defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors and used their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars on the false pretext that all of this money was being spent on construction," the indictment reads. which was not sealed off the southern borough of New York Thursday morning.

While donors repeatedly assured that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not receive a dime, they secretly planned to transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage to fund his lavish lifestyle. & # 39; according to the indictment.

"In particular, in order to get the donors to donate to the campaign, Kolfage repeatedly and falsely assured the public that he would receive" not a penny in salary or compensation "and" 100% of the funds raised "… will in the fulfillment our mission and purpose because, as Bannon publicly stated, we are a volunteer organization.

The indictment states that 37-year-old Kolfage, who lives with his 34-year-old wife Ashley in Miramar Beach, Fla., "Has covertly used more than $ 350,000 in funds for his personal use, donors We Build the Wall provided by a nonprofit organization "he controlled."

It is said that 66-year-old Bannon, who got rich through film investments, advice, and early running the conservative Breitbart website, raised over $ 1 million from We Build the Wall, of which Bannon covered at least a few hundreds of thousands of dollars Bannon's personal expenses. & # 39;

Responsible Postal Inspector Philip R. Bartlett: "As claimed, they have not only lied to donors, but also tried to hide their misuse of funds by creating bogus bills and accounts to launder donations and cover up their crimes without Be respectful of the law or the truth. & # 39;

The indictment states that the alleged fraudsters set up a not-for-profit shell company controlled by Kolfage.

They used fake invoices, bogus vendors as part of an effort to keep the system "confidential" and "need to know," according to the indictment, quoted from a Kolfage email.

Lavish Lifestyle: Brian Kolfage previously bragged about his private jet trip - now prosecutors say he continued it

Lavish Lifestyle: Brian Kolfage previously bragged about his private jet trip – now prosecutors say he continued it

Boats Too: Brian Kolfage of Florida bragged about his lifestyle on Instagram - now prosecutors say innocent donors paid for his way of life, including payments for his $ 600,000 boat

Boats Too: Brian Kolfage of Florida bragged about his lifestyle on Instagram – now prosecutors say innocent donors paid for his way of life, including payments for his $ 600,000 boat

TRUMP WORLD FIGURES ON THE WALL SCHEME

Steve Bannon: The CEO and chief strategist of the Trump campaign and now the presidential high profile attorney is charged with fraud

Erik Prince: Billionaire mercenary who is the brother of Education Minister Betsy DeVos is the director. Prince is near Bannon

Kris Kobach: Former Kansas Secretary of State who led the investigation into election fraud cases that were closed before it was found to be We Build The Wall's attorney

Donald Trump Jr .: Visited section of the Wand in New Mexico in July 2019 and is featured prominently on its website. Run a fundraiser for it. It is now said that he too was misled

Kimberly Guilfoyle: Don Jr.'s girlfriend attended both events

Eric Trump: Posing with Brian Kolfage and his wife in Mar-a-Lago

Andrew Badolato from Florida and Timothy Shea from Colorado are also charged.

According to financial data, Bannon was worth between $ 10 million to $ 48 million when he joined the White House in 2017, with most of that value in his consulting firm, Bannon Strategic Advisors.

Trump fired Bannon in August 2017 after the adviser publicly disagreed with the government's North Korea policy. Trump later said Bannon was "mad".

More recently, Bannon has been an influential voice in the Trump world, making frequent television appearances and running a podcast featuring Trump aides. There have been ongoing reports of regular contact between the two men, but no face-to-face meetings.

We Build the Wall board members include Erik Prince, a billionaire mercenary and brother of US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach – another Trump-world figure who led the failed investigation into alleged election fraud – and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

Kolfage, a three-time amputee Purple Heart veteran behind the effort, pushed critics back after publicly accusing him of using funds to fund a lavish lifestyle – including flying private jets and buying a $ 600,000 boat.

He said he bought the ship a year before the $ 20 million GoFundMe campaign for the wall. Kolfage was wounded during the 2004 Iraq war.

We Build The Wall Inc. stood up to online critics by posting a video on Facebook showing a factory making steel bollards.

They wrote, “Just when we thought the fake news media couldn't get more ridiculously desperate, they are now proving how deep they will go by claiming that We Build The Wall founder Brian Kolfage had a yacht with bought the GoFundMe money

A few weeks ago, Trump tweeted his dissatisfaction with the project after the group built a section of wall just 35 feet from the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border, raising concerns about erosion and flooding.

"I didn't agree to make this very small (tiny) section of wall in a difficult area from a private group that raised money through advertising," Trump tweeted. "It was only done to make me look bad and (maybe) not now."

In the Trump world: Brian Kolfage and his wife Ashley were guests in Mar-a-Lago last February, where they posed with Eric Trump. Kolfage has often tagged Donald Trump and his son Don Jr. on Instagram

Build a wall: The group has built a barrier. His attorney is Kris Kobach (2nd right), who is close to Donald Trump and who led an investigation into allegations of election fraud that was closed without finding any

In the Trump world: Brian Kolfage and his wife Ashley were guests in Mar-a-Lago last February, where they posed with Eric Trump. Kolfage has often tagged Donald Trump and his son Don Jr. on Instagram

The group also funded a wall in Sunland Park, New Mexico, near El Paso, Texas. The group sells tickets for private tours of this section of the wall for $ 20

The group also funded a wall in Sunland Park, New Mexico, near El Paso, Texas. The group sells tickets for private tours of this section of the wall for $ 20

& # 39; We Build the Wall & # 39; has embarked on two projects, the three mile stretch along the Rio Grande in Texas

& # 39; We Build the Wall & # 39; has embarked on two projects, the three mile stretch along the Rio Grande in Texas

The group & # 39; We Build the Wall & # 39; raised funds for building this part of the wall and promoted updates on their social media pages

The section of the boundary wall is a steel post fence about 3 miles long, just 35 feet from the Rio Grande

The group & # 39; We Build the Wall & # 39; raised funds for building this part of the wall and promoted updates on their social media pages

The explosive charge comes weeks after Trump fired the U.S. attorney for SDNY in June. This was announced by acting U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss, who stepped into the role after Trump failed to install his own preferred replacement.

It is charged that Bannon used the funds he used to secretly repay Kolfage and cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

The group's original publicly published documents state that "100 percent" of the funds for the wall construction will go to the government. After Bannon joined the effort, he switched to building private wall sections.

The group eventually had to go back to the donors to get approval for the new arrangement and promised them that Kolfage "will not receive any salary".

Despite "numerous public statements" that Kolfage would not be paid, the men who led the group reached a "secret agreement" in which Kolfage would receive US $ 100,000 "upfront" and "20 (per) month".

They "planned" to "indirectly" pass on the payments through a third party due to the previous pledge.

An email from Bannon stated that there would be no nonprofits I founded that would be used for the payments, which then came in at $ 20,000 per month.

To conceal the payments, Kolfage ordered Badolato to "make payments to Kolfage's spouse" according to the prosecution. The nonprofit issued a 1099 form that nonprofits submit to the IRS stating that it paid Kolfage's spouse for "media." That was a reference to Kolfage's wife, Ashley, 34.

The man who named Donald Trump President: How Steve Bannon led a stunning 2016 victory and launched a populist attack with shock and awe on the deep state – but lost his role in the White House in the knife fight with Javanka and is now facing loss his freedom

Steve Bannon, arrested on a boat in Long Island Sound Thursday, helped draft Donald Trump's populist campaign message – only to fall from grace and face charges for allegedly putting thousands of ardent believers inside a border wall.

His fall is now criminal – but he had already fallen out of the White House after violating Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The Internecine feud ended with his sudden departure in August 2017, which left him on the edge of the Trump world

The 66-year-old Bannon was a shadowy and influential figure in Trump's 2016 campaign, in which the president systematically pursued his main opponents, clashed with Republican Party elites, opposed China and world trade, and made a populist appeal to "forgotten" Americans.

He had advised Trump informally before stepping on board from the conservative Breitbart website, which was backed by billionaire Rebekah Mercer.

After his impressive election victory over Hillary Clinton, Trump brought Bannon to the White House as his chief strategist, where he sketched Trump's early agenda items on a white board.

After his impressive election victory over Hillary Clinton, Trump brought Bannon to the White House as his chief strategist, where he sketched Trump's early agenda items on a white board.

Deadly Rivals Team: Steve Bannon played behind the scenes with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and called them Javanka - but lost the power struggle and was evicted

Deadly Rivals Team: Steve Bannon played behind the scenes with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and called them Javanka – but lost the power struggle and was evicted

Trump had called Bannon a "good person" when he left the White House. Bob Woodward's Trump White House book, Fear: Trump in the White House, contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged final run for Priebus

Trump had called Bannon a "good person" when he left the White House. Bob Woodward's Trump White House book, Fear: Trump in the White House, contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged final run for Priebus

Repeatedly disheveled and often with two shirts at a time, the recovering alcoholic, three-time married, devout Catholic and Navy veteran turned Wall Street banker brought Breitbart first, then the Trump campaign, with intellectual panache and instinct for street fighting.

He took center stage as CEO, but that led to a conflict that would prove fatal: the other center of power was Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, whom Bannon derisively called Javanka.

You worked with Bannon for the final 88 days of the campaign, but the seeds of toxic failure were sown because it was clear that there were helpers and family members in the Trump world.

After his impressive election victory over Hillary Clinton, Trump brought Bannon to the White House as his chief strategist, where he sketched Trump's early agenda items on a white board.

In the chaotic beginnings of the Trump administration, he waged internecine battles and sometimes unexpected partnerships with Trump's first chief of staff, Reince Preibus.

But after it became known that he had worked with Michael Wolff on his devastating Trump takedown "Fire and Fury," the president fired him.

In addition to having agreed to conduct interviews, Bannon targeted Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr.

He called the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting over dirt on Hillary Clinton, attended by Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". He predicted to the authorities, "You will crack Don Jr. like an egg" – something that did not happen.

Wolff reported in 2018 that Bannon told investigators, "Even if you thought this wasn't treasonous, unpatriotic, or bad, and I think that's all, you should have called the FBI right away."

Trump characteristically distanced himself from Bannon after throwing him overboard.

"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency," Trump said at the time. "When he was fired, not only did he lose his job, he also lost his mind."

Bannon has many interests and has taken an unusual route to power outside the normal channels. He served seven years in the Navy and on board a destroyer. He attended Harvard Business School and got a job at Goldman Sachs.

Sometimes he looks disheveled and cultivates a rough image, unshaven and with wrinkled jackets.

One of his best early bets was helping a company get a percentage of the & # 39; Seinfeld & # 39; income during a purchase and making his own percentage on reps.

He was a co-founder of Breitbart News and called it "the platform for the old right". He helped crush political enemies like the Clintons while building conservatives.

He also worked in Hollywood films and made a documentary about Ronald Reagan.

During the campaign, he held the unusual title of Chief Executive Officer, reflecting his role as a strategist seeking to develop a candidacy based on historical currents that he perceived.

After going to the White House, Bannon was summoned by Special Envoy Robert Mueller's investigators, who were investigating Trump campaign contacts with Russians.

He reportedly met with them for 20 hours and spoke several times. His assessments are reflected in the Mueller report.

Trump minimized his contact with Bannon in comments at the White House Thursday and downplayed his time as a consultant in an office near the Oval Office – just like he did when he was fired.

"I haven't dealt with him in a very long time," Trump told reporters when he was asked about the charges – only at the latest to bring one of his most important employees into a legal quagmire.

He is quoted in Wolff's book in which he describes the first daughter Ivanka Trump as "stupid as a brick".

He publicly shot Ivanka as he tried to support Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, even after Moore was accused of chasing teenage girls as an older man.

"There's a special place in Hell for Republicans who should know better," Bannon said after leaving the White House looking for outsider candidates.

Ivana had previously said, "There's a special place in hell for people who hunt children" when Moore was shot, who ultimately lost the race.

Trump had called Bannon a "good person" when he left the White House.

Bob Woodward's Trump White House book, Fear: Trump in the White House, contains an account of an angry clash between Bannon and Ivanka after an alleged final run for Priebus.

"You're a bloody employee!" Bannon yelled at her, writes Woodward. “You go around this place pretending to be responsible and you are not. You are on the staff! & # 39;

She replied, “I'm not an employee! I will never be an employee. I am the first daughter. & # 39;

He also clashed with Kushner, calling on CBS & # 39; 60 Minutes & # 39; in 2017 that Jared and Ivanka's views of & # 39; Economic nationalists' being "balanced" in administration such as Peter Navarro and Stephen Miller.

He blew up the energy couple in a Vanity Fair interview at the end of 2017. "The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka," he said.

He grinned at Kushner, "He doesn't know anything about the hobbits or the lamentable things," referring to terms borrowed from Trump's passionate support base.

The luxurious lifestyle of the Iraqi vet and his TikTok starwife, who "bought boats, a SUV, jewelry and plastic surgery for $ 350,000 stolen from donations from We Build The Wall"

The Iraq veteran, who was charged with stealing money from We Build The Wall's GoFundMe account along with Steve Bannon and two others, spent $ 350,000 on boats, an SUV, plastic surgery, jewelry, home renovations and credit card debt.

Prosecutors allege Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee and celebrated war veteran, was the main beneficiary of the program.

In 2018, Kolfage set up the GoFundMe account to endorse President Trump and prove the nation's appetite for a border wall between the US and Mexico.

It was inundated with donations from Republicans and had raised more than $ 20 million by December this year. GoFundMe grew suspicious of where the money was going and warned Kolfage not to donate it to a legitimate charity or to reimburse anyone who had given it.

At this point, prosecutors said Bannon, Timothy Shea and Andrew Badolato got involved. They used shell companies and a nonprofit founded by Bannon to launder the money back to Kolfage and keep some to themselves, it is said.

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Brian Kolfage, 38, and his wife Ashley, 33, were the main beneficiaries of the program, according to prosecutors. The couple live on Miramar Beach on Florida's Panhandle. They are pictured on their boat

Brian Kolfage, 38, and his wife Ashley, 33, were the main beneficiaries of the program, according to prosecutors. The couple live on Miramar Beach on Florida's Panhandle. They are pictured on their boat

Kolfage launched the private wall in December 2018. He recently took it down from GoFundMe because the company didn't allow him to raise funds for victims of attacks by BLM protesters

Kolfage launched the private wall in December 2018. He recently took it down from GoFundMe because the company didn't allow him to raise funds for victims of attacks by BLM protesters

The fund would pay the Shell companies, then they would return the money to accounts owned by Kolfage or his wife and mark the transactions as "media," "advice" or "social media," it claims.

Despite claims to GoFundMe that he would never take a dime from donations, the indictment alleges that Kolfage received a monthly salary of $ 20,000 in addition to a one-time payment of $ 100,000. In total, it is said that he took $ 350,000.

Bannon reportedly took $ 1 million of it – some he used to pay for colfage, others he allegedly kept and spent on hotels, travel, and credit card debt.

While Bannon is the best-known name on the indictment, 38-year-old Kolfage and his 33-year-old wife, Ashley, spent the money with the greatest gusto.

The couple lives with their two children in a $ 290,000 house in Miramar on the Panhandle, Florida.

Ashley is active on Instagram and TikTok, where she shows off her weekends on boats and pays for driving the golf cart prosecutor with the stolen donation money.

Kolfage with former President George Bush. He lost an arm and both legs in Iraq in 2004

Kolfage with former President George Bush. He lost an arm and both legs in Iraq in 2004

Ashley describes herself as a model and influencer. She has more than 300,000 TikTok followers and is a frequent contributor from the couple's home in Miramar Beach, Florida

Ashley describes herself as a model and influencer. She has more than 300,000 TikTok followers and is a frequent contributor from the couple's home in Miramar Beach, Florida

Ashley describes herself as a model and influencer. She has more than 300,000 TikTok followers and is a frequent contributor from the couple's home in Miramar Beach, Florida

One of the things prosecutors claim the couple spent the stolen money on was that golf cart Ashley sees washing it in a TikTok video

One of the things prosecutors claim the couple spent the stolen money on was that golf cart Ashley sees washing it in a TikTok video

One of the things prosecutors claim the couple spent the stolen money on was that golf cart Ashley sees washing it in a TikTok video

Ashley poses next to the couple's white Range Rover. An SUV is listed in the indictment as one of the things the couple allegedly bought with stolen money

Ashley poses next to the couple's white Range Rover. An SUV is listed in the indictment as one of the things the couple allegedly bought with stolen money

They are flown around the country privately by charities and spend most of their time on the beach.

It's a luxurious lifestyle that they only achieved after a devastating attack in 2004 that challenged both his legs and arm.

Kolfage was stationed at Balad Air Base in Iraq when his limbs were crushed by a 107mm mortar shell on September 11, 2004.

He was flown to Germany, then back to Washington, where he underwent extensive operations.

After being fitted with prostheses, he moved to Arizona, where he reconnected with Ashley – then a waitress at Chilli – after meeting her years earlier.

The couple married in 2011 and welcomed two children years later.

He lived quietly as a war hero until Trump entered the political world. Then he became an activist.

He launched GoFundMe in December 2018 and said he was sick of too many illegals at the time. . . Leverage US taxpayers and the "two-party political games".

The two often go by boat to Trump flotillas. Above is a picture Brian recently shared on social media

The two often go by boat to Trump flotillas. Above is a picture Brian recently shared on social media

It started on an unprecedented scale, raising $ 20 million.

It drove Kolfage into the realm of media and politics. He frequently tweets in support of the president and against the liberal left, dismissing COVID-19 as the "greatest scam the world has ever seen" and shooting back at anyone who questions the progress of his wall.

The wall his fund paid for is not the same one the government is building, and the president has distanced himself from Kolfage's efforts.

It didn't stop him from moving it forward, even when people asked where the money was going last May when there had been seemingly little progress.

Kolfage came under fire for buying a $ 600,000 boat that he bought before he ever opened a donation account.

It is unclear whether these are the same boat prosecutors referred to in their indictment that he made payments for.

When they are not enjoying this boat, the two visit the wall with their children and often fly privately.

You will also be flown around by Carrington, a charity that builds homes for veterans.

On TikTok, Ashley often posts from home in a bikini for her more than 300,000 followers.

In the last few videos, she is seen dancing on a table for her husband while he sits quietly. He rarely appears in the videos.

She didn't immediately return DailyMail.com's inquiries Thursday morning.

All of the president's men were charged and convicted of crimes

Arrested and charged: Steve Banon

Steve Bannon and three other people arrested and charged on August 20, 2020, are charged with ripping off donors who wanted to self-fund the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump.

Bannon and his accomplices "organized a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors," claimed federal prosecutors.

Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, took part in Trump's 2016 campaign this August, alongside longtime Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway.

He became the campaign's CEO, urging Trump to pursue scorched earth tactics such as bringing Bill Cilnton's #MeToo prosecutor to the second presidential debate to help the campaign survive the aftermath of the infamous "Access Hollywood" band.

The political advisor was named chief strategist and senior counselor when Trump moved into the White House. Bannon only stayed in this position until August 2017.

GUILTY: ROGER STONE

Sentenced on seven counts in November 2019, including obstruction of justice, manipulation of witnesses, and lying by Congress over its communications with WikiLeaks.

Stone's conviction was controversial because the Department of Justice pushed for a lighter sentence than that offered by the US Attorney's Office. Trump publicly complained about the case.

Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison in February but never served a prison term as Trump commuted his sentence in July. Stone was publicly angry about going to jail during the coronavirus crisis. Stone had been interested in the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller long before his January 2019 indictment, in part due to his public statements as well as internal emails about his contacts with WikiLeaks.

In campaign texts and emails, Stone communicated with employees through WikiLeaks after reports that the organization received a cache of emails related to Clinton. According to the federal indictment, Stone made "false and misleading" statements about his requests for information from WikiLeaks. He then pressured a witness, comedian Randy Credico, to accept the fifth amendment instead of testifying, and pressured him through a series of emails.

After a protracted argument about the testimony, he called him a "rat" and threatened to "take this dog away from you" in reference to Credico's therapy dog ​​Bianca. Stone warned him, “Let's do it. Prepare to die. & # 39;

GUILTY: MICHAEL FLYNN

In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to false statements to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The approval was part of a plea negotiated with Mueller investigators.

Flynn's conviction was then postponed several times.

The Justice Department, under Attorney General Bill Barr, filed a motion to dismiss the Flynn case in May, but a US district judge ordered a lockdown. The matter is currently being taken to court.

Flynn was President Trump's former National Security Advisor. He previously served as President Obama's three-star general director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, but was fired.

GUILTY: MICHAEL COHEN

Cohen pleaded guilty to eight cases in August 2018, including fraud and two campaign funding violations.

Plead guilty to further lying to Congress in November 2018. He was sentenced to three years in prison, $ 2 million fine and forfeiture in December 2018.

He was released from prison and taken to detention center in July due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cohen was Trump's longtime personal attorney and joined him and the Trump Organization in 2007.

Cohen steadfastly admitted Trump – and organized payments to silence two women who claimed to be having sex with the then-candidate: porn star Stormy Daniels and playboy model Karen McDougal. He admitted that payments to both women were offenses against the financing of crime – and admitted that he acted on the "orders" of "Candidate-1": Donald Trump.

He also admitted to having committed tax fraud by lying about his income from loans, money from taxi medallions he owned, and other sources of income that cost the Treasury Department $ 1.3 million. And he admitted that he lied to Congress for rare use of that crime.

The judge in his case reported him to prison on March 6th and recommended that he serve in a medium-security facility near New York City.

Campaign role: Paul Manafort led Trump's campaign for four months - including the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, where he stood alongside Trump, who was preparing to officially accept the Republican nomination

GUILTY: PAUL MANAFORT

Found guilty of eight bank and tax fraud charges in August 2018. Sentenced to 47 months in March 2019. Found guilty of two other charges – witness manipulation and conspiracy against the United States.

Manafort was supposed to have been jailed for seven and a half years but, like Cohen, was released in May due to COVID-19 concerns.

Manafort started working for Trump's 2016 White House application from March 2016 and chaired the campaign from June to August 2016. He helped the current president gather the necessary delegates to win the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Manafort was a well-known DC lobbyist, but in 2015 he needed more money and offered to work for Trump for free and then bring in new customers.

The Mueller team dissolved his previous finances and discovered years of tax and bank fraud as he minted cash from pro-Russian political parties and oligarchs in Ukraine.

Manafort pleaded not guilty to 18 charges of tax and banking fraud but was convicted on eight counts in August 2018. The jury was bogged down on the other 10 charges.

A second trial for non-registration as a foreign agent, due in September, did not take place when he pleaded guilty to the conspiracy against the United States and witnessed tampering with a plea.

Minutes after his second hearing in March 2019, he was charged with 16 cases of fraud and conspiracy by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Evidence was used that contained documents previously presented to his first federal trial. The President has no pardon on charges brought by district attorneys and public prosecutors.

GUILTY: RICK GATES

Found guilty of conspiracy against the United States and made false statements in February 2018.

Gates, a Trump campaign official, was Manafort's former deputy for political advisory firm DMP International. He admitted plotting to defraud the U.S. government over financial activities and lied to investigators about a meeting Manafort had with a member of Congress in 2013 on fraud, bank fraud conspiracy, foreign bank account failure to disclose, levy false tax returns, false tax preparation preparation, and false amendment of tax returns.

Gates was sentenced to three years probation and 45 days in prison. In April, a judge ruled he did not have to report to jail during the coronavirus pandemic.

GUILTY AND CAUGHT: GEORGE PAPADOPOLOUS

Pleaded guilty to false information in October 2017. Sentenced to 14 days in September 2018 and jailed in November. Papadopolous served 12 days and was released on December 7, 2018.

Papadopoulos was a member of Trump's Foreign Policy Advisory Committee. He admitted lying to Müller investigators about his contacts with London professor Josef Mifsud and Ivan Timofeev, the director of a think tank funded by the Russian government.

He agreed to work with the special investigation, but has since criticized them.

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