Reports: New Trump Campaign CEO Faced Domestic Violence Charge In 1996

From NPR:

Newly appointed CEO Stephen K. Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, was charged in 1996 with domestic violence against his second wife, several news outlets reported. The charges were eventually dropped, and Bannon pleaded “not guilty.”

The New York Times noted that, according to the police report of the incident, there were “allegations that he threatened his then wife, the accuser, with retribution if she testified in the criminal case. … “

The New York Post first reported the news. NPR has not independently confirmed the charges, but Politico posted the full police report here.

Here’s part of Politico‘s write-up:

NPR found Bannon was in some financial trouble at the time, with multiple federal and state tax liens against him, owing as much as $136,000 to the IRS. (More on those below.)

Alexandra Preate, a spokeswoman for Bannon, told Politico: “The bottom line is he has a great relationship with the twins, he has a great relationship with the ex-wife, he still supports them.”

NPR reached out to the Trump campaign for a response. An email and phone call were not returned, as of Friday morning. (We will update if we hear back.)

Trouble at the top

Bannon, a controversial figure before entering the Trump campaign, is now the third Trump campaign chief to find himself in hot water. Trump’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with battery after videotape showed him grabbing a reporter. The charges were later dropped.

Lewandowski was replaced with Paul Manafort, a veteran political operative and prominent D.C. lobbyist. He came under scrutiny for his ties to the former Ukrainian political party of ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych. It was well-known in Washington that Manafort had represented unsavory characters around the world. He resigned after he was reduced …

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