One of the last official acts by former President Donald Trump in the closing days of his administration was a pardon of his former campaign adviser, Steve Bannon, who had been charged with bilking thousands of investors out of their money that was supposed to help build Trump’s border wall.
But that pardon may have been a waste of paper and ink, according to the Washington Post, which reports that New York prosecutors are considering filing criminal charges against Bannon:
Bannon’s pardon only covers federal crimes, meaning that a prosecution from the state of New York wouldn’t be covered under Trump’s attempt to shield his former aide from having to pay for his alleged crime.
Also, Bannon would be unable to claim double jeopardy:
“While talks among investigators in Vance’s office are preliminary, the focus is on whether a state case against Bannon covering the same criminal conduct from his federal case would be an option once a judge formally dismisses it. Unlike in Vance’s attempted prosecution of Manafort, double jeopardy probably would not apply given that Bannon has not been convicted at the federal level.”
Ironically, Trump is also facing criminal charges of his own, both in Manhattan and New York state, where he is suspected of having committed insurance and tax fraud.
Next week, Trump will go on trial in the U.S. Senate for inciting an insurrection on January 6 by stirring up a crowd of angry supporters who stormed the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of five people.
But impeachment is the least of Trump’s worries, as he could be headed to prison for the rest of his life.