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We Build the Wall fraud case ends in mistrial, jurors 'hopelessly deadlocked'

A federal judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the criminal case against a Colorado businessman accused of laundering money from a bogus charity that milked about $25 million from private donors who thought they were funding the construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall.... Read more»

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Private border wall settlement won’t stop flooding or erosion of Rio Grande shoreline, experts say

Federal authorities have reached a deal that gives builders of the privately funded fence control over where to inspect for damage and leeway over which issues they choose to repair. ... Read more»

Verdict watch begins in trial on 'We Build the Wall' fraud

A federal jury began deliberations Tuesday afternoon at the end of a three-day trial against Timothy Shea on the fraudulent fundraiser called We Build the Wall started by former President Donald Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon. ... Read more»

Trial on We Build the Wall fraud kicks off for holdout defendant

The federal trial began for Timothy Shea, one of Steve Bannon’s cohorts in the We Build the Wall fundraising fraud - Bannon was pardoned by then-President Trump, while Brian Kolfage and co-defendant Andrew Badolato both pleaded guilty last month. ... Read more»

They 'built the wall' on border, but problems persist after founder's guilty plea

Controversy continues to surround the two physical legacies of former area resident Brian Kolfage’s We Build the Wall effort: the bollard fence on the shore of the Rio Grande and a half-mile stretch of fence outside of El Paso that remain at risk of falling.... Read more»

Wounded vet with Tucson ties pleads guilty in 'private border wall' scheme

Brian Kolfage, a former Tucsonan and wounded Air Force veteran who led a failed effort to raise millions of dollars to build a privately funded wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Thursday. ... Read more»

Texas raised $54M in private donations for its border wall plan — almost all from one billionaire

Timothy Mellon - a member of one of America’s richest family dynasties who has previously bankrolled attempts to defend controversial immigration laws - is responsible for nearly all the donations to Gov. Greg Abbott’s $54 million border wall fund.... Read more»

Brian Kolfage: Veteran, war hero, border hawk, defendant, troll

A ban from Facebook has apparently done little to slow ex-Tucsonan Brian Kolfage, charged last month for defrauding thousands in a “build the wall” effort, and who regularly uses personal attacks and misinformation to sic his online following on perceived detractors.... Read more»2

New engineering report finds privately built border wall will fail

The report, set to be filed in federal court this week, confirms reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that found portions of the wall were in danger of overturning if not fixed due to extensive erosion just months after it was built.... Read more»

Bannon associates plead not guilty to border wall charity scam

Pleading not guilty Monday at a virtual arraignment, three leaders of the embattled charity We Build the Wall followed the lead of fellow defendant Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist.... Read more»

'OGs' for Trump with Tucson ties indicted for 'private border wall' fraud

Former Tucsonan Brian Kolfage and ex-White House advisor Stephen Bannon of "We Build the Wall," a group that raised millions to build private walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, were indicted for fraud, allegedly using donations to line their own pockets.... Read more»

Private 'border wall' in Texas at risk of collapse; Hurricane Hanna made it worse

Hurricane Hanna dumped torrential rainfall on a border wall that Trump supporters built, leaving gaping holes and waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande that threaten the wall’s long-term stability.... Read more»

Private group backed by Trump supporters builds border barrier in El Paso

The construction over the weekend started after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to build his long-promised wall with funds not appropriated by Congress.... Read more»

Bannon boosts 'private' border wall at Sahuarita event

Billed as a town hall, Friday's pro-border wall event in a gated community near Tucson, featuring former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, was every bit as much a pep rally and fundraiser — and maybe part dry run. ... Read more»

Ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon will boost privately funded border wall at GV event

A conservative group on a quixotic crusade to build a border wall using private money is holding a town hall in Green Valley on Friday evening, with ousted presidential advisor Steve Bannon headlining the event. ... Read more»

Giffords, Tucsonans recite Gettysburg Address

A Youtube video posted by filmmaker Ken Burns shows former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a series of Southern Arizonans reciting the Gettysburg Address, delivered 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln.... Read more»1

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