Donald Trump’s chief strategist and self-described white nationalist Steve Bannon, who has repeatedly pushed false claims of massive voter fraud by minorities voting in jurisdictions where they do not actually live, is now the subject of an active criminal investigation in Florida for voter fraud, the Washington Post reported.
Florida state prosecutors in Miami launched an investigation into Bannon’s assertions that he was a Florida resident and qualified to vote in the state from 2014 to 2016, according to the report.
The Post learned that “in late August, investigators subpoenaed Bannon’s lease of a Coconut Grove home and other documents. They also contacted the landlords of that home and another that Bannon leased nearby, and sought information from a gardener and handyman who worked at one of the homes, according to documents and interviews.”
The problem for Mr. Bannon is that it seems he was actually living in California (or possibly in Washington, or New York, but definitely not Florida).
As Washington Post states:
[Bannon] owned a house and condo in Southern California, where he had entertainment and consulting businesses, a driver’s license and a checking account. He claimed Florida as his residence, registering to vote in Miami and telling authorities he lived at the same address as his third ex-wife….
He did not get a Florida driver’s license or register a car in the state. He never voted in Florida, and neighbors near two homes he leased in Miami said they never saw him. His rent and utility bills were sent to his business manager in California.
The investigation seems to validate a previously reported claim that Bannon may have been trying to avoid California taxes.