Politics Steve Bannon investigation gains steam as Manhattan prosecutors subpoena financial records
Subpoenas suggest fresh scrutiny of Trump's Seven Springs estate
An engineer told CBS News he recently received a subpoena and turned over maps of the 200-acre property and other documents he produced for the Trump Organization nearly a decade ago. The subpoena has not been previously reported and there is no indication that Mastromonaco is being investigated for wrongdoing. Mastromonaco said his work included surveying Seven Springs as part of an effort by the Trump Organization to get approval for a subdivision in 2013, and that he doubts his work will prove relevant to the tax fraud investigation. "I think they are just touching every base.
Thehas subpoenaed financial records related to Steve Bannon's crowd-funding border-wall effort, signaling that its criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's chief strategist is advancing, according to people familiar with the matter.
Prosecutors sent the subpoenas afterin late January for federal conspiracy crimes tied to the southern border-wall project, making Bannon among the Trump world figures -- -- subjects of criminal investigations by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance.
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Lawsuits involving Donald Trump tore apart the Supreme Court while he was president, and the justices apparently remain riven by him. © CNN Illustration/Getty Images For nearly four months, the court has refused to act on emergency filings related to a Manhattan grand jury's subpoena of Trump tax returns, effectively thwarting part of the investigation.
The grand jury subpoenas were sent to Wells Fargo, one of the financial institutions that handled some of the accounts used in the fundraising effort, and to GoFundMe, the crowdfunding platform where Bannon's project, "We Build the Wall," once operated, the people said.
The state grand jury investigation revives the possibility that Bannon, the conservative and outspoken political strategist, could face state criminal charges after shedding thelast month.
In addition to the criminal investigation, the New Jersey attorney general's office has launched a civil inquiry into We Build the Wall. In September, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs subpoenaed We Build the Wall for documents seeking a wide range of records, according to court filings.
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After 17 months and two trips to the US Supreme Court, the Manhattan district attorney's criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's business has received a significant boost with investigators now able to pour over Trump's tax returns and financial records. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Manhattan district attorney's office is expected to have access to tax returns and financial records for Donald Trump and Trumg Org within the next few days.
The move by Vance comes as he is, including insurance fraud and tax fraud, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump has called the investigation a witch hunt and fishing expedition.
Robert Costello, an attorney for Bannon, could not be reached for comment.
A spokesman for GoFundMe said the company "does not comment on or confirm requests for information from any law enforcement officials."
Spokesmen for Wells Fargo and the district attorney's office declined to comment.
A representative for the New Jersey attorney general told CNN, "The Division of Consumer Affairs neither confirms nor denies the existence or status of investigations."
The district attorney's investigation into Bannon's fundraising activities is focused, so far, on the same allegations of fraud brought by federal prosecutors, the people say.
Supreme Court again rejects Trump’s bid to shield tax returns, other financial records from Manhattan prosecutor
After a four-month delay, the court denied the former president’s motion in a one-sentence order with no recorded dissents. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has won every stage of the legal fight — including the first round at the Supreme Court — but has yet to receive the records he says are necessary for a grand jury investigation into whether the president’s companies violated state law. Vance responded to the court decision with a three-word tweet: “The work continues.
Last summer, federal prosecutors with the US attorney's office in Manhattan announced charges against Bannon and three other men alleging they defrauded donors in the border wall effort that raised more than $25 million.
Prosecutors alleged Bannon diverted more than $1 million to pay a co-conspirator and cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses. They alleged the victims, including some in New York, were falsely told that all the money donated would go toward the construction effort.
Bannon pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. Following his arraignment, Bannon said, "This entire fiasco is to stop people who want to build the wall."
Of the four men charged, Bannon was the only one pardoned. Federal prosecutors are still pursuing criminal charges against the others, who have all pleaded not guilty.
Federal prosecutors have not addressed Bannon's pardon and it isn't clear if they are going to challenge it.
In some situations, the district attorney's office could enter into an information-sharing agreement to obtain grand jury material collected during the federal investigation. There's no indication that such an arrangement has been reached.
Vance has brought charges before when there were concerns about a pardon.
In 2019 Vance announced a 16-count indictment charging Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, with state crimes just hours after he was sentenced on federal fraud charges. Manafort was. Earlier this month, a state appeals court on double jeopardy grounds.
Potential charges against Bannon would not face the same legal challenge since Bannon was charged with federal crimes but was not convicted, lawyers tell CNN.
With New York clearing the way, the House reissued a subpoena for Trump's tax records .
Last week, the US Supreme Court rejected Trump's effort to keep his tax returns hidden from the Manhattan District Attorney. For the past five years, Trump refused to release his tax records and has gone to great lengths to try and keep them a secret. Video: Voting rights act of 1965 put to the test in Supreme Court (NBC News) Your browser does not support this video Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. launched an investigation into Trump's financial records in 2017. That Supreme Court ruling in Vance's favor has made it easier for the Oversight Committee to reissue its subpoena.