Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is set to face trial on May 27, 2024, for allegedly defrauding donors who paid for constructing a wall at the southern border. After being accused of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars to his associates, Bannon surrendered himself to New York State authorities in September. Bannon pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, money laundering, and scheme to defraud. Brain Kolfage and Andrew Badolato, allegedly involved in the case, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in April 2022. According to the indictment, Bannon raised over $25 million and promised donors that "100% of the funds raised… will be used in the execution of our mission and purpose." Bannon accused DA Bragg of using the charges to keep him from being involved in the Midterms. He claimed prosecutors "did the exact same thing in August 2020 to try to take me out of the election." "This is nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system," he said. "They will never shut me up, they'll have to kill me first." [tweet_embed]May 26, 2023[/tweet_embed] Bannon was initially charged with federal charges in August 2020 after allegedly taking more than $1 million from the fund for himself. Former President Donald Trump pardoned Bannon on federal charges during his final days in office. However, New York District attorney Alvin Bragg filed state charges against Bannon last year. Bragg has also been scrutinized for allegedly weaponizing the legal system against political opponents. His office indicted former President Trump for allegedly making hush money payments, through his lawyer Michael Cohen, to porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump accused Bragg of being "hand-picked and funded by George Soros." He added, "Rather than stopping the unprecedented crime wave taking over New York City, he's doing Joe Biden's dirty work, ignoring the murders and burglaries and assaults he should be focused on. This is how Bragg spends his time."