Steve Bannon, former adviser to ex-President Donald Trump, says exactly the same day he was arraigned on criminal fraud charges, the FBI completed raids on the homes of nearly three dozen allies of the former president.
Talking with conservative talk show host Charlie Kirk Friday, Bannon made the explosive allegation, saying police is section of a broader conspiracy to hobble opponents of President Joe Biden. Bannon’s remarks come each day after he pleaded not liable in a fresh York court to fraud charges and amid efforts by conservative figures to cast the FBI to be politically weaponized.
Bannon told Kirk that the FBI “rolled in on” 35 “senior members of MAGA, Republican supporters of Donald Trump.” Saying the alleged searches were unnecessary because their targets have lawyers, he called the FBI the “jackbooted Gestapo,” a mention of the trick police of Nazi Germany.
“That is this globalist apparatus,” Bannon said. “This is actually the American arm of this: the Biden regime.”
Bannon added, “They’re attempting to use lawfare, financial terrorism, lawyou know, everything legallyand to be honest, around assassinations.”
A prominent figure in conservative politics, Bannon blasted Biden’s speech in Philadelphia the other day denouncing Trump and his allies as a threat to democracy. Bannon called the speech “demonic” and a “primal scream” from the “dying regime.”
An FBI spokesperson declined comment to Newsweek on Bannon’s remarks.
Bannon linked the alleged FBI searches to political and legal pressures facing right-wing figures, including Alex Jones, Tucker Carlson, Trump and himself.
The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI have increasingly become political targets after federal agents completed a court-approved search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in southern Florida last month searching for classified materials. Conservative media outlets have echoed Trump’s denial he improperly handled government documents, as the former president’s allies in Congress have needed defunding or investigating the FBI.
“The FBI is Biden’s Gestapo,” far-right Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia said in a tweet reacting to Bannon’s comments. “Federal police agencies which are used as political weapons ought to be dissected and the bad should be removed. Tyrants certainly are a cancer that America shouldn’t allow to fester and grow.”
Bannon, who served as Trump’s political strategist, faces charges including money laundering, fraud and conspiracy brought by NY State Attorney General Letitia James. The charges focus on the investigation by James, a Democrat, which produced allegations that Bannon pocketed thousands from donors who gave money to We Build the Wall, a business he led that promised to greatly help build Trump’s vowed border wall with Mexico.
Talking with Kirk Friday, Bannon maintained his defiant posture, calling his arraignment in NY on the charges “among the best days of my entire life.”
“It had been an extremely powerful, spiritual day for me personally,” said Bannon, likening the knowledge to being “in the zone” throughout a sports game. He added, “they’ll not shut me up.”