Do you remember the movement called “We Build the Wall”?
Last year, a group of Trump supporters promised to raise money to build a portion of the wall themselves.
It was led by a man named Brian Kolfage and even had the support of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
The group raised $25 million via GoFundMe. But soon after, they hit a snag, as they weren’t legally allowed to build on the border.
Now, it looks like the entire campaign was just a scheme to bilk money from patriotic Americans:
Steve Bannon, a former adviser to President Trump, was among four suspects arrested Thursday and indicted in connection with an online fundraising campaign that allegedly defrauded donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Justice Department announced…
Prosecutors say Bannon and the others used the nonprofit and a shell company to hide the payments to Kolfage “by using fake invoices and sham ‘vendor’ arrangements,” as well as other means of keeping the payments quiet. The indictment stated that in order to raise funds, Kolfage and Bannon “repeatedly and falsely” told the public that Kolfage would “not take a penny” in compensation.
And now Trump is responding:
The federal government is charging Steven Bannon, Brian Kolfage, and two others with defrauding donors to the “We Build the Wall” campaign.
The Feds charge that the founders of this group promised that 100% of the money raised would go toward building a part of the border wall.
Instead, these people allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars, up to one million, for their own expenses.
The report indicates that they used “sham vendor arrangements” and a shell company to hide the payments.
The government is saying Kolfage and Bannon “repeatedly and falsely” told the public that they were not taking payments.
It’s not hard to see how Democrats might use this to implicate President Trump. But Trump fired back, making it clear at the time that he was no supportive of the campaign.
He had openly criticized the move, saying the government should be the ones to build the wall.
Now that the group has been exposed by the Feds, it looks like Trump’s instincts were right all along.
From the start “We Build the Wall” was a questionable movement. The president promised to build the wall and have Mexico pay for it.
It was odd that a private group would try to do it themselves and even showboat about it.
What’s also notable is that it was AG Barr’s DOJ that took these men down—a testament to him and Trump’s dedication to law and justice.
- The leaders of the “We Build the Wall” campaign have been charged for defrauding the public.
- Brian Kolfage, Steve Bannon, and others are accused of taking money from the non-profit group.
- President Trump condemned the group, saying he was against it all along.