Said Steve Bannon, a former adviser to US President Donald Trump, and the architect of his campaign in 2016, he pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan, after authorities brought him charges of fraud over the alleged campaign donations for the construction of the border wall with Mexico.
Bannon faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
On Thursday, Trump distanced himself from Steve Bannon and his own initiative to build a border wall, saying he had never liked the initiative and had not been in contact with his former adviser for years.
Speaking of the former adviser's alleged fraudulent plot, Trump said: “I didn't like it. That was a show, maybe he was looking for money - I think it's very sad for Mr. Bannon. I think it is surprising. ”
Trump added that Bannon's project to build a wall was "inappropriate".
"I did not want to be associated with that ... I did not want to have a wall," he went on.
Today, Thursday, the US authorities announced the arrest of Stephen Bannon, a former political advisor to US President Donald Trump, in connection with a campaign to raise funds via the Internet to build a wall along the southern US border.
Bannon and three others: Brian Colvig, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea have been charged with “defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign known as“ Build the Wall ”,” and the campaign raised more than $ 25 million, according to a statement issued. For the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York.
All the accused were arrested Thursday morning.
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