Steve Bannon trial date set in We Build the Wall fraud case

Steve Bannon in NYC

Steve Bannon, former advisor to former President Donald Trump arrives at the NY District Attorney’s office to turn himself in on Sept. 8, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

Former Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon will stand trial next year for allegedly defrauding donors of a charity initiated to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a Manhattan judge said on Thursday.

The brief hearing lasted a matter of minutes to schedule important dates on the road to Bannon’s trial, slated for May 27, 2024.

Bannon and his former company, We Build the Wall, have been under indictment in New York since February 2022. The six-count indictment accuses Bannon of money laundering, conspiracy and scheme to defraud. He has pleaded not guilty.

Though not identical, the charges broadly mirror those brought by federal prosecutors against Bannon and his now-convicted associates Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea. Trump pardoned Bannon, and only Bannon, of those federal fraud and money laundering conspiracy offenses during the twilight of his presidency.

Law&Crime’s managing editor Adam Klasfeld has spent more than a decade on the legal beat. Previously a reporter for Courthouse News, he has appeared as a guest on NewsNation, NBC, MSNBC, CBS’s “Inside Edition,” BBC, NPR, PBS, Sky News, and other networks. His reporting on the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell was featured on the Starz and Channel 4 documentary “Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell?” He is the host of Law&Crime podcast “Objections: with Adam Klasfeld.”

Steve Bannon trial date set in We Build the Wall fraud case

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