The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into Steve Bannon, who was a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, in connection along with his function in a charity that was supposed to make use of personal funds to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in keeping with a senior law enforcement official.

The inquiry into Bannon by Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance’s workplace comes on the heels of Trump’s last-minute pardon of Bannon in a federal case linked to the wall venture, the place he confronted expenses over his alleged function in a scheme that pocketed the donations from the charity for personal use.

The inquiry was first reported by The Washington Post.

A president’s potential to pardon a person solely extends to federal instances and expenses, to not state ones.

The Manhattan D.A. investigation into Bannon started shortly after his pardon final month. Investigators have already made information requests, in keeping with the official.

A spokesperson for Vance’s workplace declined to remark, as did an attorney for Bannon. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which had indicted Bannon and remains to be shifting ahead with the opposite people allegedly concerned within the charity scheme, additionally declined remark.

Steve Bannon pictured on a yacht on Aug. 19, 2020, the day earlier than he was arrested on federal expenses of taking cash donated to assist construct a wall alongside the southern border for personal use.obtained by NBC News

According to the federal indictment, unsealed final August, Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, Timothy Shea “and others orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors.”

The four were indicted on one count of allegedly conspiring to commit wire fraud and another for conspiring to commit money laundering.

Bannon was introduced into custody by U.S. Postal Inspection Service brokers whereas on board the yacht of Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui.

The defendants’ online crowdfunding campaign “We Build The Wall” raised more than $25 million, with Kolfage “repeatedly and falsely assured the general public that he would ‘not take a penny in wage.'” Bannon also publicly stated, “we’re a volunteer group,” in keeping with the indictment.

But the defendants took a whole lot of 1000’s of donated {dollars} and used them for private bills, prosecutors mentioned.

Bannon pleaded not responsible previous to receiving his pardon. The different co-defendants have additionally pleaded not responsible.

“I think it’s a very sad thing for Mr. Bannon,” Trump instructed reporters within the Oval Office on the time of Bannon’s indictment, throughout a gathering with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhim. “I didn’t know any of the other people either, but it’s, it’s sad. It’s very sad.”

Kolfage pocketed greater than $350,000 in “We Build The Wall” cash whereas Bannon used a separate nonprofit group beneath his management to obtain greater than $1 million from wall-building fund, in keeping with the federal indictment.

Vance can be within the midst of a authorized battle to convey mortgage fraud expenses towards former Trump marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted on federal conspiracy and witness tampering expenses, however later pardoned by Trump.

An appeals courtroom has dominated that Manafort is entitled to safety from prosecution by way of the double jeopardy rule.

Adiel Kaplan contributed.