Tags: Trump Administration | trump | pardon | clemency | bannon

Trump Pardons 73 People, Including Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne, on Last Day

Trump Pardons 73 People, Including Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne, on Last Day
Steve Bannon (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 January 2021 04:45 AM

President Donald Trump pardoned 73 people, including his former aide Steve Bannon and rapper Lil Wayne early Wednesday, just hours before he was due to leave office.

The list of those pardoned — as well as 70 others whose sentences were commuted — was released by the White House in a statement during the early hours.

Neither Trump nor his relatives were on the list.

Bannon had been charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, defrauding people over funds raised to build the Mexico border wall, a flagship Trump policy.

He was Trump's campaign manager during the 2016 election, before becoming a senior adviser to the president. He left the White House acrimoniously in 2017, Trump later giving him the derogatory moniker "Sloppy Steve."

But Wednesday's statement read: "Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen."

The president made his last-minute decision after speaking to Bannon by phone, according to a New York Times report.

Former Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy was similarly pardoned, after pleading guilty last year to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws.

And the rapper Lil Wayne, who faced 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon last month, also made the list.

The star, listed as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had shown "generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks," the release added.

Trump also pardoned Anthony Levandowski, saving the pioneering autonomous vehicle engineer from more than a year in prison for stealing trade secrets from his former employer Waymo, formerly the Google car project.

Some lesser-known individuals also were pardoned. Among them was Robert Bowker.

"Nearly 30 years ago, Mr. Bowker pled guilty to a violation the Lacey Act, which prohibits trafficking in wildlife, when he arranged for 22 snakes owned by Rudy "Cobra King" Komarek to be transported to the Miami Serpentarium," the statement read.

"Although he did not ask for any animals in return, he was offered 22 American alligators. After pleading guilty, Mr. Bowker was sentenced to probation."

Other pardons included people whose cases have been championed by criminal justice activists.

Wednesday's announcement came after another raft of pardons late last year, including of Trump allies Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos and Alex Van Der Zwaan.

All five had pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election.

President-elect Joe Biden was due to be sworn in as his successor later Wednesday.

Trump retains the power to issue further pardons until noon, but officials did not expect any further action, The New York Times reported.

This report contains material from AFP and Bloomberg News.

© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


   
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
President Donald Trump pardoned 73 people, including his former aide Steve Bannon and other allies, early Wednesday, just hours before he was due to leave office.
trump, pardon, clemency, bannon
472
2021-45-20
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 04:45 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved