Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, thinks he’s above the law, and according to a report in The Miami Herald he might just be.
On Tuesday prosecutors in Miami-Dade County made the announcement that Bannon will not be charged with voter fraud after registering to vote in Miami-Dade County even though he spends the majority of his time at another residence.
“To ‘reside’ at a location is a nebulous concept that depends on a person’s actions and their subjective state of mind,” the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said in a memo on Thursday. “The Florida case law interpreting [voter residency] is both sparse and antique.”
According to The Herald:
“Prosecutors ultimately concluded that the evidence “tends to indicate” that Bannon “did not intend to or actually reside in Miami-Dade County” between 2014 and 2016. But there was enough contradictory evidence — including Bannon calling the Grove property “my house” in an email to a fellow political operative — to create “reasonable doubt” before a jury.”
But prosecutors could not definitely say that Bannon did not consider the Miami homes his primary residence.
“Especially in our increasingly mobile society, a person may spend the majority of his or her nights at one (or multiple) locations, but legally reside at another under Florida law,” prosecutors said. “For example, reporters embedded with a national political campaign often sleep in different jurisdictions every night, but they are still able to claim legal residency at a home base.”