Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 27, 2024

Judge Replaced in Bannon Wall Fundraiser Case

Judge Juan Merchan has been removed from Steve Bannon's New York criminal trial due to a scheduling conflict. Judge April Newbauer will now oversee the proceedings.

Bannon faces charges from his "We Build the Wall" campaign and a separate prison sentence.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, Judge Ellen Biben explained that Merchan is assigned to a six-defendant trial starting on September 16, 2024. This trial is expected to last at least three months, conflicting with Bannon's trial, which is set to begin on September 23, 2024.

Judge Merchan's Scheduling Conflict

Due to the scheduling conflict, Merchan has been replaced by Judge Newbauer. This change ensures that Bannon's trial proceeds without delay.

Newbauer will now schedule a status conference and handle further communications with the involved parties. This move aims to maintain the trial's timeline and manage all legal proceedings efficiently.

Judge Newbauer has a history of controversial decisions. Previously, she set a $5,000 bail for a man later charged with multiple murders while out on bail.

Bannon's Legal Troubles

Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist, faces charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and fraud connected to his "We Build the Wall" fundraising campaign. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Bannon's legal troubles don't end there. He is also set to begin a four-month prison sentence on July 1, 2024, for a 2022 contempt of Congress conviction. This sentence further complicates his legal battles.

In an attempt to delay his prison sentence, Bannon has appealed to the Supreme Court. His request is pending, adding another layer of complexity to his legal situation.

Bannon has a scheduled appearance before Judge Newbauer on July 23, 2024. This appearance will address pre-trial matters and ensure that all parties are prepared for the trial's start in September.

Impact on the "We Build the Wall" Case

The "We Build the Wall" campaign, led by Bannon, raised substantial funds for the construction of a border wall. The campaign is now under scrutiny for alleged fraudulent activities.

The charges against Bannon include serious financial crimes. These charges, if proven, could lead to significant legal consequences for Bannon and others involved in the campaign.


The removal of Judge Juan Merchan from Steve Bannon's trial due to a scheduling conflict has led to Judge April Newbauer taking over the case. This change aims to prevent delays and ensure a smooth legal process. Bannon, facing multiple charges related to his "We Build the Wall" campaign, continues to battle legal issues, including a pending prison sentence for contempt of Congress.

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