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Tue May 25, 2021, 06:35 PM

U.S. judge dismisses indictment against ex-Trump adviser Bannon, cites pardon

Source: Reuters

Steve Bannon, the onetime top strategist for former President Donald Trump and recipient of a presidential pardon, on Tuesday won dismissal of an indictment accusing him of defrauding donors to a fund to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan said dismissal was "the proper course" in light of the pardon, which Bannon received in the final hours of Trump's presidency.

Prosecutors had argued that instead of dismissing the indictment, the judge should merely dismiss Bannon as one of the four defendants. The defendants had been charged in connection with the alleged siphoning of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the $25 million "We Build the Wall" crowdfunding campaign.

But the judge said the pardon was valid, and that even if Bannon did not formally admit guilt "the issuance of a pardon may carry an imputation of guilt; acceptance a confession of it."

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-judge-dismisses-indictment-against-ex-trump-adviser-bannon-cites-pardon-2021-05-25/

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Reply U.S. judge dismisses indictment against ex-Trump adviser Bannon, cites pardon (Original post)
SouthBayDem May 2021 OP
soothsayer May 2021 #1
Hugh_Lebowski May 2021 #2
catsudon May 2021 #25
C_U_L8R May 2021 #3
bucolic_frolic May 2021 #4
PoliticAverse May 2021 #12
Progressive Jones May 2021 #5
bdamomma May 2021 #6
Fullduplexxx May 2021 #10
bdamomma May 2021 #11
elleng May 2021 #13
bdamomma May 2021 #17
Evolve Dammit May 2021 #7
maxsolomon May 2021 #8
Evolve Dammit May 2021 #22
maxsolomon May 2021 #23
Evolve Dammit May 2021 #24
marble falls May 2021 #9
cstanleytech May 2021 #21
SunImp May 2021 #14
Mr.Bill May 2021 #15
ZonkerHarris May 2021 #16
SunSeeker May 2021 #20
Polybius May 2021 #18
Turbineguy May 2021 #19

Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 06:37 PM

1. Boo! And of course he's guilty

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 06:43 PM

2. What a freaking travesty ... Hey Trumpists, what do you think of being ripped off

And then having Trump pardon the people who ripped you off?

I bet you love it ... cause you're Cult Members.

Perhaps state charges are possible here?

Pretty sure fraud and theft are illegal in every state.

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #2)

Thu May 27, 2021, 04:18 PM

25. i always laugh at this

that Trump pardons so many black rappers and yet let all the white capital uprising terrorist rot in jail.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 06:46 PM

3. Oh, the sour tears of magats who got suckered

As awful as it is to see Bannon skate again, at least there's solace knowing the magat morons are gnashing and frothing in bewildered cognitive distress. What chumps.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 07:04 PM

4. Pardons so should be limited to convictions

like commutations. How do you pardon someone for everything they ever did? It's like a blanket secret agent license to do whatever you want. We'll get more of this behavior since blanket pardons now have a green light.

Why didn't Nixon pardon everyone? Or any other president with family on board? Billy Beer?

I just wonder if pardons have been expanded beyond original intent of the Founders. They would not have issued open season passes on criminality.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #4)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:17 PM

12. There was a discussion of the possible abuse of pardons when the constitution was being written...

The remedy was supposed to be impeachment.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 07:20 PM

5. At least all of the victims were really shitty people. nt

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 07:34 PM

6. Was the

Judge a McConnell /Trump plant.

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #6)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:01 PM

10. Obama appointee

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #10)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:07 PM

11. oops

but why let Bannon off?

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #11)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:17 PM

13. 'dismissal was "the proper course" in light of the pardon, which Bannon received'

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Response to elleng (Reply #13)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:31 PM

17. yeah

I read that.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 07:35 PM

7. Pardons should be used for illegally abused, wrongfully accused, etc. Not cuz they are

your buds and faves. There has to be some sort of standard and not just subject to the whims of a despot prez.

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #7)

Tue May 25, 2021, 07:42 PM

8. there was a formal process involving DOJ review

but it wasn't law. it it was just a "norm", so Trump broke it, and in so doing, destroyed the norm.

WTF does he care about precedent? that's for suckers.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #8)

Wed May 26, 2021, 01:43 PM

22. Sounds right. He is extremely dangerous to our country and needs to be "locked up."

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #22)

Wed May 26, 2021, 04:00 PM

23. I'm too cynical about America to think he'll ever see the inside of a prison.

He's rich, he's white, he's the former POTUS.

Best we can hope for is a stiff fine (he won't care), public shame (he's incapable of feeling it), and incapacitation from natural causes such as COPD, a stroke, or dementia.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #23)

Thu May 27, 2021, 08:58 AM

24. I hear ya.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 07:50 PM

9. Would that include acts like murder? If in the company of of a murderer I get 'contact' immunity.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #9)

Wed May 26, 2021, 12:05 AM

21. Yes, there are virtually no limits to pardons by a President for federal crimes.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:39 PM

14. I guess that asshole is getting drunk and laughing it up now

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 08:43 PM

15. So, is this a green light

for him to steal any other money that is left there?

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 09:23 PM

16. Don't worry, Bannon will crime again.

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Response to ZonkerHarris (Reply #16)

Tue May 25, 2021, 11:34 PM

20. Yup. Just give Bannon a little time. He'll crime again and Trump won't be able to pardon him.

Same with Manafort.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 10:24 PM

18. We might not like it, but it was an excellent decision

The judge was appointed by Obama, and understands that the law says we must dismiss the indictment in this case. He was pardoned, like it or not.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 10:24 PM

19. That sort of

puts the turd in trump's pocket.

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