Steve Bannon will reportedly surrender to face New York criminal charges sidestepping Trump pardon

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A New York grand jury in Manhattan has indicted Steve Bannon, one-time chief strategist for former President Donald Trump, and he is expected to surrender to prosecutors on Thursday, The Washington Post and The Associated Press report. "The precise details of the state case could not be confirmed Tuesday evening," the Post adds, but the criminal charges will likely mirror federal fraud charges Bannon faced in 2020, before Trump pardoned him right before leaving office. Presidential pardons don't cover state charges.

Trump pardoned Bannon for his involvement in a private U.S.-Mexico border wall endeavor called "Build the Wall," before Bannon went to trial for allegedly defrauding investors of $25 million. Trump did not grant clemency to Bannon's three co-defendants. Two of them pleaded guilty to the federal fraud charges in April, and the trial of a fourth co-defendant, Timothy Shea, was declared a mistrial in June after the jury deadlocked.

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