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    President Joe Biden's Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it's suing billionaire casino magnate Steve Wynn for failing to register as a foreign agent working on behalf of China. The DOJ accused Wynn of personally lobbying former President Donald Trump in 2017 to extradite a Chinese businessman who faced a litany of charges that he fiercely denies and was forced to flee Beijing's government in 2014.  Wynn was asked to do so by former Chinese security official Sun Lijun, the complaint reads.  In 2017 it was reported that Wynn hand-delivered a letter to Trump from the Chinese government urging the then-president to deport businessman Guo Wengui, who had claimed asylum in the US. Guo previously made headlines in 2020 when ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon was arrested aboard Guo's mega-yacht and charged with defrauding investors in a non-profit. He's known to be a close associate of Bannon's and for having bankrolled multiple of his business ventures. Beijing has accused Guo of corruption, money laundering and rape, among other allegations. Guo was also a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida as...
    The Justice Department has already weaponized informal discussions with Steve Bannon’s lawyer to turn him into a witness against his own client. But now, the right-wing provocateur is trying to seize on those same FBI interviews to turn the tables on the Jan. 6 Committee. This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chimed in on the ongoing criminal case against Bannon for “contempt of Congress,” with lawyers asking for permission to make some necessary clarifications in front of the federal judge overseeing Bannon’s case. Pelosi wanted to defend the legitimacy of the committee’s congressional subpoena that started this whole mess—the one Bannon ignored by refusing to appear before the panel and answer questions about his role in the insurrection last year. The committee is once again in an argument over whether it can legally issue subpoenas, as the sign-off of a ranking member is required for congressional subpoena power, and Bannon’s lawyers argue that vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), doesn’t count because it was Democrats, not Republicans, who gave her that position. The...
    In their first series in St. Louis since 2003, the Orioles won two of three games to the Cardinals. Here are The Baltimore Sun’s three takeaways from the series. Bradish puts K in Kyle In the opener of the series, right-hander Kyle Bradish put together one of the most impressive early-career starts by not only an Oriole, but also any major league starter. Baltimore’s No. 8 prospect per Baseball America, Bradish struck out 11 Cardinals over seven innings Tuesday. In doing so, he became: the first Orioles rookie in a decade to reach double-digit strikeouts (Wei-Yin Chen, 2012). the second Baltimore pitcher to have an 11-strikeout game within his first three career appearances (Jimmy Haynes, 1995). the second pitcher in major league history to strike out 11 hitters while walking none in one of his first three appearances (Stephen Strasburg, 2010). In the minor leagues last year, Bradish, 25, was at his best when attacking the strike zone, and he did that Tuesday better than almost any other Orioles starter in the past eight seasons. He generated 14...
    Live from Virginia Monday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed War Room’s  Stephen K. Bannon to the show to explain to listeners how fox news is controlled opposition and to reflect on the network’s last 20 years as evidence. Fredericks: Steve, thanks for being with us. Steve the host of the greatest, biggest live, not podcast, live radio, and television show in America, WarRoom. Ten to noon Monday thru Saturday, John Fredericks Radio Network RAV. And five to six RAV second Edition Battleground, six to seven pm, Monday to Friday, live on Frank Speech. And also the John Fredericks Radio Network in our expanding empire of stations. So, Steve, I just got to start with this story I was just telling you before you came on. I’m flipping the channels yesterday trying to find the Astros losing again. And I flipped through Fox News and I said, oh, this...
    “War Room” host and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was among the Donald Trump allies who Trump granted a presidential pardon near the end of his presidency. Bannon was facing criminal charges in the We Build the Wall case along with fellow MAGA Republicans Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato, who continued to face charges after Trump left the White House — and Kolfage and Badolato, Business Insider reports, have pled guilty to charges that include conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering and making false statements on a tax return. We Build the Wall was a crowdfunding campaign for a U.S./Mexico border wall, and according to the indictment, it raised $25 million. But federal prosecutors alleged that some of the money was diverted to nonprofits linked to Bannon. Kolfage served as president of the We Build the Wall project, and both Kolfage and Badolato agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors in March. Business Insider’s Rebecca Cohen reports, “Prosecutors said (that) Kolfage paid himself $200,000 a month using donations during the scheme and also used supporters'...
    Two organizers of a private fundraising campaign to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico plead guilty to fraud Thursday. Brian Kolfage, 39, and Andrew Badolato, 57, both Florida residents, were accused of pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in donor funds from an online crowdfunding campaign called "We Build the Wall," which raised more than $25 million. Both men plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres. Kolfage also pleaded guilty to tax and wire fraud charges filed in Florida. 'WE BUILD THE WALL' ORGANIZER TO PLEAD GUILTY TO TAX AND WIRE FRAUD CHARGES Kolfage, who assured donors that he would "not take a penny in salary or compensation," used more than $350,000 in donor funds for personal use, prosecutors said. Kolfage and his co-conspirators created fake invoices and "vendor" arrangements, according to a release by the Department of Justice. The fundraising campaign was first established by Kolfage, a double amputee Air Force veteran, alongside former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, Andrew Badolato,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The co-founder of the “We Build The Wall” project aimed at raising money for a border wall pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in a case that once included former President Donald Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon. Brian Kolfage admitted to pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars while promising all donations would pay for the wall. His plea came a month before a trial in a case that began in dramatic fashion in August 2020 when Bannon was pulled from a luxury yacht off the coast of Connecticut and arrested on allegations that he and three others falsely promised donors that all donations would help build a wall on the southern border. Bannon was pardoned by Trump just before he left office last year. Bannon had pleaded not guilty to charges that he pocketed over $1 million, using some of the money to secretly pay Kolfage, an Air Force veteran who lost both legs in a mortar attack in Iraq. A guilty plea Thursday by codefendant financier Andrew Badolato in the case during the same remotely conducted electronic...
    (CNN)Two men indicted alongside former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to defrauding donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a border wall scheme.Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Kolfage also pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false tax return and one count of wire fraud in connection with filing a false tax return. "I knew what I was doing was wrong and a crime," Kolfage told the judge. Both men will be sentenced on September 6.The men are accused by federal prosecutors of using hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to an online crowdfunding campaign called We Build the Wall for personal expenses, among other things.Bannon, who pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing, was pardoned by then-President Trump in his final days in office. The Manhattan district attorney's office is investigating Bannon for the same conduct and whether it violated state law. The pardon only covered federal crimes.Read MoreTimothy Shea, a fourth man charged in the fundraising effort, has...
    Live from Virginia Friday morning on The John Fredericks Show – weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia; WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 p.m.) Hampton Roads; WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and weekdays 6-10 a.m. and 24/7 stream – host Fredericks welcomed WarRoom‘s Stephen K. Bannon to the show to weigh in on the importance of the Georgia primary. Fredericks: Joining us now, the one and only Stephen K. Bannon, host of the most famous, most-watched, most listened to biggest live television and radio show in the world, WarRoom. Ten to noon, John Fredericks Radio Network. Real America’s Voice, 5:00 to 6:00 [p.m.] on John Fredericks Radio Network and Real America’s Voice and WarRoom Battleground, 6:00 to 7:00 [p.m.] on Frank Speech and John Fredericks Radio Network. I always have to say it when he comes on. Because it’s not a podcast, folks. Hey, Politico, it’s not a podcast. It’s a live TV and radio show with the biggest audience in the world, bigger than Tucker,...
    A Democrat-turned Republican politician and staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump has come under fire for saying that civil rights protections shouldn't extend to the LGBTQ+ community. Vernon Jones, 61, served in the Georgia State House of Representatives as a Democrat from 1993 to 2001 and 2017 to 2021, said that gay people 'can actually change' in a podcast interview with ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon. 'Let me tell you, civil rights for blacks and gay rights for gays are two different things,' Jones, who once called himself the 'black Donald Trump,' said on an episode of Bannon's 'War Room' podcast.  'I don't know what you are unless you tell me what you are if you're gay, but when I walk into that room, you can tell that I'm Black,' he added. 'I'm Black from cradle to grave. Let's not get that confused, but they can actually change.'  Jones, who switched parties in 2020 and endorsed Trump's re-election campaign, also said that people can 'go from being straight to being gay to being transgender and all these other genders. But...
    Stephen K. Bannon, host of WarRoom Pandemic, interviewed The Star News Network’s National Political Editor Neil W. McCabe on Tuesday. McCabe was reporting from Palm Beach, Florida, just outside the Mar-A-Lago resort owned by former President Donald Trump. Bannon: I want to go to Neil McCabe. He’s outside of Mar-a-Lago. Neil McCabe is the national political editor for The Star News Network, one of our strategic partners. Neil, talk to us about premiering the initial screening of Rigged tonight. I understand security is a little tight down there. There are all types of VIPs like Dave Bossie and others down there, in addition to a guy that was the 45th president of the  United States and won the election in 2020. Talk to us about Rigged in this premiere. McCabe: Yes. Earlier today, Steve, about an hour before this, we started setting up here. We went over to Mar-a-Lago. It’s kind of a carnival atmosphere. There are a lot of cars pulling in, a lot of people pulling in, and a lot of excitement about this movie. And...
    Charges filed against Bannon last May were dismissed by Judge Torres after Bannon received a presidential pardon from Trump in the 11th hour of his presidency. Bannon had plead not guilty to fraud charges involving the We Build the Wall campaign. Court records reviewed by Reuters indicate that Kolfage's co-defendant, Andrew Badolato, will also enter a guilty plea on April 21. The other defendant, Timohty Shea, had initially agreed to also plead guilty but changed his mind, prosecutors said last week. "Mr. Shea is exercising his constitutional right to a fair trial," his lawyer John Meringolo wrote in an email on Wednesday. In the August 2020 indictment, acting U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss said the accused "defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction." "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...
    Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, questioned Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel for almost “throwing down” and fighting a 70-year-old man during a debate last week. “What was it that hit the tripwire that you had to stand up to a 70-year-old guy and basically throw down right there if it hadn’t been for the moderator, maybe J.D. Vance, maybe you two guys would have gone at it,” Bannon started off on Monday’s episode of his War Room podcast, asking Mandel about the bombastic debate that made headlines across the country. “Gibbons is an old Irishman and so there would have been a couple blows thrown,” Bannon added, saying, “You’re known as a fighter, even the people that don’t like you know you as a fight.” “Why make a big display of it?” Bannon asked. Mandel answered claiming “I wasn’t making a display, I was standing up for military men and women throughout our country.” Mandel went on to claim that Mike Gibbons, one of his opponents in the Ohio GOP senate primary, attacked U.S. military personnel as...
    In the past, Peter Thiel was often described as a libertarian. But these days, the PayPal founder and billionaire political donor is much more MAGA and only wants Republican candidates who are as Trumpified as possible. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller takes a look at Thiel’s efforts to “remake” the Republican Party in a video posted by The Bulwark on March 17. “He’s investing tens of millions in candidates who hew to an extreme nationalist agenda,” Miller explains in his video. “Here’s Thiel’s political spiel: crack down on immigration, go after big tech, isolationist foreign policy that’s tough on China but soft on Putin, dismantle big parts of the federal government, support Bitcoin and other alternative currencies, reject climate science. And of course, clamp down on anything he finds too woke.” One of the far-right MAGA extremists who has been applauding Thiel is Steve Bannon, host of the “War Room” podcast and former White House chief strategist under President Donald Trump. Bannon said of Thiel, “I don’t think it’s just about flipping the Senate. I think Peter wants to...
      Host Stephen K. Bannon welcomed The Michigan Star reporter Pete D’Abrosca on Thursday’s WarRoom: BattleGround to discuss the anti-grooming bill that just passed in the Florida legislature. Bannon: Okay, Pete D’Abrosca, The Star News Network. Whattaya got? You are ahead of Florida down there. You got some great pieces up on this. Where do we stand? This bill just passed. It’s really the anti-grooming, it’s the anti-grooming bill. Where do we stand right now on this? D’Abrosca: Yes. First of all, I just want to note how slimy that last new segment you played was. They put a 17-year-old kid on there to discuss a bill that only applies to kids who are aged five to eight. It was totally slimy to begin with. But we’re going to get into some nuance here briefly that our Liberal friends won’t appreciate. They’ve already labeled this the “Don’t Say Gay Bill.” And they’re obviously not going to back off of that because it’s good politics for them. But they started all the way back in 2016. There’s a dark money group called Equality...
    Stephen K. Bannon welcomed The Star News Network‘s National Political Editor, Neil W. McCabe, on Wednesday’s WarRoom: Battleground to discuss Arizona’s late-night legislation push to outlaw precinct strategy after being cheered by former President Trump. Bannon: People only have so much energy, so much time to put their shoulder to the wheel here. What is this fiasco in Arizona? We don’t have time to get Dan Schultz on today. We’re going to get him on tomorrow. Dan just texted me this thing from Harris County, where they didn’t count 10,000 ballots down in the Houston area. I think they just got rid of one of the Democratic officials and they’re tweeting out this is the result of the Bannon precinct strategy. It is really the Schultz precinct strategy. But where it was formed and when it came to birth in Arizona, President Trump – and just make sure everybody understands this – Trump comes out after Steve Stern and Schultz have done this incredible job. We’ve been on the WarRoom for over a year. People have responded. The posse is...
    Stephen K. Bannon welcomed The Tennessee Star’s Aaron Gulbransen on Tuesday’s War Room: Battleground to discuss the aggressive map drawing and lawfare by Democrats and the Republican loss of seats in districts because of incumbent focus and lack of strategy. Bannon: Aaron, you’ve written a detailed memo and it is about the redistricting. It’s something that Boris and I have been maniacally focused on. But you’ve kind of set this up of where we actually stand today. Can you walk the audience through this redistricting, which we thought at the beginning of this process, we were going to be R plus-12. Walk us through where we stand today. The Supreme Court just ruled the other day on a couple of states. Boris is going to get into that in a minute. But walk us through where we stand, and how did we get here, sir? Gulbransen: Yes. Good to be with you. Of course, everybody was assuming that this is going to be a Republican slam-dunk, but the field is actually tilted in the Democrats’ favor, no doubt in part...
    When the FBI wanted the email and phone records for Steve Bannon’s lawyer Bob Costello, they didn’t just take the extraordinary and legally questionable step of subpoenaing his records. Bannon’s legal team is now claiming the FBI actually laid down a dragnet that caught the private information of Bob Costellos of all ages across the country. “This prosecution team, in their zeal to obtain personal and professional email and telephone records for Mr. Bannon’s attorney, Robert Costello, was beyond reckless,” Bannon’s defense lawyers said in a court filing on Tuesday. They accused the FBI of obtaining “hundreds of pages of email information…for another completely uninvolved citizen apparently named Robert Costello or Robert M. Costello. In fact, not one of the email accounts the government sought access to in this case, intending to get defense counsel’s emails, actually was defense counsel’s email account.” The Daily Beast previously reported how the FBI potentially crossed a red line by targeting Bannon’s lawyer—a rare step during a criminal case that’s only justified if the lawyer is also involved in a crime. But the...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Former President Donald Trump has officially endorsed a plan, created by a man who has self-identified with the Oath Keeper militia, that aims to have Trump supporters consolidate control of the Republican Party. The plan, known as the “precinct strategy,” has been repeatedly promoted on Steve Bannon’s popular podcast. As ProPublica detailed last year, it has already inspired thousands of people to fill positions at the lowest rung of the party ladder. Though these positions are low-profile and often vacant, they hold critical powers: They help elect higher-ranking party officers, influence which candidates appear on the ballot, turn out voters on Election Day and even staff the polling precincts where people vote and the election boards that certify the results. “Just heard about an incredible effort underway that will strengthen the Republican Party,” Trump said Sunday in a statement emailed to his supporters. “If members of our Great movement start...