A federal judge granted Stephen Bannon’s motion to dismiss the case against him on Tuesday following then-President Donald Trump’s pardon.
“For the reasons stated above, Bannon’s motion is GRANTED and the Indictment is DISMISSED as to him, pursuant to paragraph one of the Pardon,” Judge Analisa Torres declared in a filing.
But Torres also pointed out that a pardon implies guilt.
A federal judge granted Stephen Bannon’s motion to dismiss the case against him on Tuesday following then-President Donald Trump’s pardon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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“If there be no guilt, there is no ground for forgiveness,” she wrote. “It is an appeal to executive clemency. It is asked as a matter of favor to the guilty. It is granted not of right but of grace. A party is acquitted on the ground of innocence; he is pardoned through favor.”
Bannon and three other defendants were indicted about a year ago as federal prosecutors accused them of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors in a $25 million “We Build the Wall” crowdfunding campaign. The Department of Justice said they were using the false pretense
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