Steve Bannon 'under criminal investigation' for voter registration fraud

Submitting false information on a voter registration form is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison

Samuel Osborne
Monday 13 March 2017 10:16
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Donald Trump and with adviser, and former executive Breitbart chairman, Steve Bannon
Donald Trump and with adviser, and former executive Breitbart chairman, Steve Bannon

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly under "an active criminal" investigation for voter registration fraud.

Mr Bannon is being investigated after he registered to vote in Florida while he owned a house in Southern California and regularly stayed in New York and Washington, DC, The Washington Post reports.

He is registered to vote in at a vacant house in Miami, which is due to be demolished.

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Mr Bannon previously rented the house for the use of his ex-wife, Diane Clohesy, but told the landlord he was living there but travelling.

The Washington Post reports several details of bizarre incidents at the property, including strange visitors and loud noises during the night and property damage worth tens of thousands from doors being padlocked or removed entirely or a hot tub seemingly destroyed by "acid".

Submitting false information on a voter registration form is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison.

However, Mr Bannon did not vote in Florida which is likely to lower the odds of the investigation against him coming to prosecution.

He was later removed from Florida's voter rolls because he was registered in two places.

Shortly after his inauguration, Mr Trump incorrectly classified registering to vote in two states "voter fraud".

He said millions of people voted illegally, but provided no evidence for his claim, which has been debunked by state election commissions.

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