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Ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud in ‘We Build The Wall’ fundraising scheme

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President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon speaks with reporters after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall, Thursday, Aug. 20 in New York.
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President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon speaks with reporters after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall, Thursday, Aug. 20 in New York.
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President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves federal court in New York Thursday, Aug. 20, after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall.
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President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves federal court, Thursday, Aug. 20, after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall.
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President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon exits the court after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall, Thursday, Aug. 20, in New York.
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In this Sept. 10, 2019 photo, Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference in Washington. The arrest of President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon adds to a growing list of Trump associates ensnared in legal trouble. They include the president's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, whom Bannon replaced, his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, and his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
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In this June 27, 2019 photo, Paul Manafort, center, arrives at court in New York. The arrest of President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon adds to a growing list of Trump associates ensnared in legal trouble. They include the president's former campaign chair, Manafort, whom Bannon replaced, his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, and his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
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In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York. The arrest of President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon adds to a growing list of Trump associates ensnared in legal trouble. They include the president's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, whom Bannon replaced, his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, and his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
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In this Nov. 8, 2019 file photo, former White House strategist Steve Bannon arrives to testify at the trial of Roger Stone, at federal court in Washington. Bannon was arrested Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.” The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court.
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In this May 30, 2019 file photo We Build the Wall Founder Brian Kolfage, left, and David Clarke Jr., a board member of the group, prepare for a news conference in Sunland Park, N.M. Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, on charges that he and three others, including Kolfage, ripped off donors to the online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.”
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In this May 30, 2019 photo, Brian Kolfage, founder of We Build the Wall Inc., speaks at a news conference in Sunland Park, N.M., where a privately funded wall is being constructed. Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, on charges that he and three others, including Kolfage, ripped off donors to the online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.”
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In this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, photo, Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, talks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Washington. Bannon has been arrested on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme "We Build The Wall." The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Manhattan federal court.

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