The state charges, which are returned in an indictment, are based on the same conduct that Bannon was accused of by federal prosecutors in 2020, alleging that he and three other donors were involved in a border wall attempt. which raised more than $25 million.
However, the presidential pardon does not apply to state investigations.
Bannon appeared to blame his position on political motivations.
“It is ironic, the day the Mayor’s delegation of this city is at the border, they are harassing people here, trying to stop them at the border,” he told reporters outside the DA’s office on Thursday.
“It’s all about 60 days from that day,” he later said, referring to the November election.
In recent months, several people close to Bannon were brought before the state grand jury.
Manhattan prosecutors confiscated bank records and quietly worked on the investigation over the past year as they probed Trump and his real estate business, sources familiar with the matter previously told CNN. But the district attorney’s office deferred a decision to charge Bannon until federal prosecutors concluded their case against three of her co-defendants, who were not pardoned.
Bannon issued a statement late Tuesday, calling the indictment a “fake allegation” and “nothing more than a partisan political weapon of the criminal justice system.”
“I am proud to be a leading voice in building a wall to protect our borders and keep our country safe from drugs and violent criminals,” he said in the statement. And me. I’m never going to stop fighting. In fact, I haven’t even started fighting yet. They have to kill me first.”
In July a federal jury found Bannon guilty of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 US Capitol attack. According to federal law, he is to be sentenced in October and will face a minimum sentence of 30 days in prison.