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Steve Bannon, the chief strategist and senior counselor to President Donald Trump, was the listed resident of a Florida home that has since been padlocked shut and had a hot tub damaged by acid, The Washington Post reported Saturday in an investigative piece.
The three-bedroom house on Miami’s Opechee Drive was leased to Bannon and his former third wife, Diane Clohesy, in 2013. The two were married in 2006 and divorced in 2009, but remained in touch and Bannon helped with the two-year lease, according to state records.
Bannon had listed the Opechee home as his legal residence in 2014, but ended the water and sewer service in February 2015 and subsequently changed his voter registration address to a home in the nearby Coconut Grove neighborhood.
The Opechee home was left in “disrepair,” according to an email obtained by the Post.
“[E]ntire Jacuzzie bathtub seems to have been covered in acid,” Bannon’s landlord wrote in a February 2015 email. “I’m out of town, is there any way u can talk with Diane and sort things out ??” Bannon replied.
The damage was estimated at more than $14,000.
Neighbors said Bannon was not living at the home and that Clohesy was the main resident who had a “steady stream” of “disruptive” visitors. Clohesy had become involved in an undercover investigation of a jail guard who was suspected of smuggling drugs and contraband to an imprisoned friend of hers, the report details.
The Post‘s investigative piece on Bannon went on to paint a detailed picture of his complicated living situation by using available public records to track down his recent residences. He is described as a “virtual nomad” who has had no fixed address during his quest to build a “populist political insurgency” in recent years.
“No presidential adviser in recent memory has followed such a mysterious, peripatetic path to the White House,” began the story, written by Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg, about the former Breitbart News editor and Hollywood producer.
In an attempt to verify questions about Bannon’s legal residency, the Post obtained all available public records — from utility bills, court records, real estate transactions, state driver reports and checks issued in California — spoke to neighbors and landlords and tracked his Breitbart-related activity.
The newspaper discovered that Miami prosecutors have an open investigation into Bannon’s claims that he was a resident in Florida and qualified to vote in the state from 2014 to 2016.
After Bannon cast his 2016 election ballot in New York — and amid Trump’s repeated claims of alleged voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election — reports, kicked off in August by The Guardian, uncovered that Bannon had been registered to vote in two states in January and that he had listed the Coconut Grove home as his legal address.
That home has also been left uninhabited, according to the Post.
Bannon did not respond to repeated requests for comment from the newspaper. Read the Post’s full story here.
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