CT Coastline Provides Backdrop for Former Trump Strategist’s Arrest
This past Thursday at 7:15 am off the coast of Westbrook, CT, federal agents approached a mega-yacht.
Their target was a former strategist for Donald Trump, Steve Bannon. According to an article on ctinsider.com, with the help of the Coast Guard, the agents proceeded to board a $30 million 150-foot yacht named Lady May owned by one of Bannon's business associates, Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui.
That morning, Melissa Ozol and her family just happened to be on Stannard Beach in Westbrook with plans to make a day of it. Little did they know, they would have box seats to the arrest of Steve Bannon.
After Bannon was escorted off the yacht by federal agents, word began to spread on social media among the Westbrook community and that's when the looky-loos came out of the woodwork. This is what Melissa Ozol told Hearst Connecticut Media,
“People were going out in kayaks and on paddle boards and they (law enforcement) kept shooing them away. Some people wondered whether Bannon had come ashore while the yacht was moored off Westbrook’s beachfront but I
doubt it, I mean, if he did, where would he go? The drug store? Bill’s Seafood?”
Hearst Connecticut Media made sure to check in with the manager of 'Bill's Seafood' who told them he wasn't aware that anyone from the yacht stopped by his restaurant.
According to the New York Times, Bannon pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud conspiracy and after posting a $5 million bond, Bannon walked out of court heading to his car and said, "this entire fiasco is to stop people who want to build the wall".