Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon will stand trial in November 2023, a New York judge said Tuesday.
Bannon is accused of defrauding donors to the “We Build the Wall” campaign, which was an independent effort to raise money for former President Donald Trump’s signature policy project.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said Bannon pledged that 100% of the money raised would go toward building a wall along the U.S. southern border. However, he allegedly concealed his role in diverting some of the $15 million in donations to the campaign’s executive director, who had promised not to receive a salary.
Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering, conspiracy and conspiracy to defraud investors.
Prosecutors said during a brief hearing Tuesday that they had turned over four terabytes of evidence to Bannon’s defense attorney.
“There’s quite a bit of it — hundreds of thousands of pages,” said defense attorney David Schoen. “The discovery is very detailed – bank records, witness interviews.”
Schoen, who also represented Trump during his second impeachment trial, asked for 10 months to file motions, a request that Judge Juan Merchan said was “not in the realm of reality.”
Instead, the judge gave the defense until February 6 to file a motion. Prosecutors have until June 6 to respond before the judge’s rulings in September.
A few protesters greeted Bannon as he entered and left the court. He made no statements.