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CBS News 20 Aug 2020

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon indicted for fraud

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Former Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon and three others were indicted today for allegedly defrauding donors out of $25 million through their "We Build the Wall" campaign. President Trump said he knew nothing about the private border wall project and called it "a very sad thing" for Bannon. CBSN legal contributor Keir Dougall joined CBSN's "Red and Blue" to break down the charges.


President Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared at a virtual hearing Monday on fraud charges. Federal prosecutors say Bannon and three others hatched a plan to defraud thousands of donors who gave money toward the construction of a border wall. CBSN legal contributor Keir Dougall joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with the details.
Former Trump homeland security adviser and ABC News contributor Tom Bossert discusses the White House's COVID response and his concerns ahead of winter.
Former White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, has told friends that President Donald Trump "is the most flawed person" he's ever known.
"The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it's more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life," the retired Marine general has told friends, CNN has learned.
The reporting comes from a new CNN special scheduled to air Sunday night, "The Insiders: A Warning from Former Trump Officials," in which former senior administration officials -- including former national security adviser John Bolton, former Health and Human Services scientist Rick Bright and former Department of Homeland Security general counsel John Mitnick -- explain why they think the President is unfit for office.
Kelly's sentiments about the President's transactional nature and dishonesty have been shared by other former members of the Trump administration who also appear in the special.


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