Bannon charges dismissed

A Manhattan federal judge Tuesday dismissed an indictment against pardoned former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon despite opposition from prosecutors who wished to keep the charges in place.

Then-President Donald Trump pardoned Bannon on Jan. 19, five months after he was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Bannon, 67, and three others were accused of using money raised to build a wall along the US-Mexico border through a crowdfunding campaign for personal expenses.

Bannon’s attorney moved to dismiss the indictment against him in March of this year, but prosecutors argued it should remain, even though Bannon would not stand trial.

US District Judge Analisa Torres noted in her seven-page order that prosecutors did not dispute the validity of Trump’s pardon and added, “it is not the practice of this district to remove a defendant from the docket without resolution of the indictment.”

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