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Longtime Trump ally and former White House adviser Stephen Bannon handed himself over to New York state prosecutors on Thursday.

Bannon, 68, reported to the Manhattan District attorney’s office a little after 9 a.m. The office confirmed his pending indictment. He faces criminal charges for his role in a group that raised $25 million to build a wall along the border with Mexico but allegedly pocketed some $1 million in donations. He previously pled not guilty to federal charges in the alleged scheme, but was dropped from the case after Trump issued a pardon in the twilight hours of his presidency.

Two of his federal codefendants pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, and a mistrial was declared for a third when a jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Presidential pardons only apply to federal charges and cannot shield Bannon from a state prosecution. Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance opened a state investigation that his successor, Alvin Bragg, continued when he took office last year.

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