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About that Miami-Dade state attorney's investigation into Steve Bannon


In a story published Saturday, The Washington Post mentioned that Steve Bannon, now President Donald Trump's senior White House adviser, is being investigated by the Miami-Dade County state attorney's office over his time as a registered Florida voter.

Prosecutors began looking into whether Bannon was a Florida resident in August, after The Guardian reported Bannon was once registered to vote in Miami, where he had leased a home in Coconut Grove. (The Miami Herald followed up with a story on Bannon's brief Miami presence here.) The Miami-Dade elections department confirmed the investigation to WTVJ-NBC 6 on Aug. 31 after prosecutors had requested records from elections staff.

The Post reported Saturday investigators had questioned Bannon's landlords, gardener and handyman. But the most explosive detail seemed to be that the state attorney's office, run by Democrat Katherine Fernández Rundle, still considers its Bannon case an "active criminal" investigation.

That's true because the review hasn't been closed yet. But local prosecutors are notoriously slow in closing out investigations that lead nowhere. And, six months later, it appears that little has come from the Bannon case. The Post's confirmation of the still-open investigation, however, might actually pressure prosecutors to complete it.

Bannon, it should be noted, never actually voted in Florida.

--with David Ovalle

This post has been updated.

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