Steve Bannon's downfall looks really bad for Bill Barr and Donald Trump Jr. - 2020-08-28
With the arrest of Steve Bannon — the president's former campaign chair and White House strategist — and a group of his allies on Thursday, the world received confirmation of what many have long said about the conservative movement: The right-wing, ethnonationalist, populist rhetoric is often little more than a scam to win support from the massive to fund the desires of elites.
At least, that's the narrative told in the indictment of Bannon and others leading "We Build the Wall, Inc." — an organization that raised money from private donors, supposedly to build parts of President Donald Trump's border wall. (Don't ask about the fact that Mexico was supposed to pay for the wall.) According to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, despite, Bannon's claim that the organization was run entirely by volunteers, he and his allies was cashing in.
While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle," said Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.