Donald Trump will soon release his final list of pardons and commutations, with some wild names believed to be in the mix.
Donald Trump will soon release his final list of pardons and commutations, with some wild names believed to be in the mix.

Full list of Trump pardon lands with some major omissions

The full list of Donald Trump's presidential pardons has been released.

The outgoing president has issued full pardons to 73 individuals and has commuted the sentences of an additional 70 people.

One of the biggest names on the list is Mr Trump's influential former adviser Steve Bannon, who was yet to stand trial on charges related to border wall fundraising.

The Washington Post reports the pardon was approved late on Tuesday after days of deliberations.

"Prosecutors pursued Mr Bannon with charges related to fraud stemming from his involvement in a political project. Mr Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen," the White House said, after granting Mr Bannon a pardon.

After an intense lobbying effort, a mix of white-collar criminals and people whose cases have been championed by criminal justice activists have been pardoned.

Death Row Records founder Michael "Harry O" Harris was informed on Tuesday that his prison sentence for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking had been commuted.

"Upon his release, Mr Harris will have a meaningful place of employment and housing with the support of his family," the White House said in a statement.

Snoop Dogg had reportedly been lobbying the White House on behalf of Harris, despite the rapper being a fierce critic of the President and even making a video in which he pretended to shoot a clown lookalike.

   

Rapper Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter) also made the cut.

Lil Wayne, who supported Mr Trump for re-election, pleaded guilty last year to illegally possessing a gold-plated handgun while travelling to Florida in a private jet in 2019, which was not allowed due to a prior felony conviction.

His bag also contained cocaine, ecstasy and oxycodone.

"Brett Berish of Sovereign Brands, who supports a pardon for Mr Carter, describes him as 'trustworthy, kind-hearted and generous.' Mr Carter has exhibited this generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks," the White House said.

 

Fellow rapper Kodak Black, whose real name is Bill Kapri, was also granted a commutation of his sentence.

The rapper was sentenced to 46 months in prison for making a false statement on a Federal document. He had served nearly half of his sentence.

"Before his conviction and after reaching success as a recording artist, Kodak Black became deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts," the White House said.

Elliott Broidy, the former Deputy National Finance Chair of the Republican National Committee, was granted a full pardon.

Broidy was convicted on one count of conspiracy to serve as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal.

"Broidy is well known for his numerous philanthropic efforts, including on behalf of law enforcement, the military and veterans programs, and the Jewish community," the White House said.

Anthony Levandowski, an ex-Google engineer who pleaded guilty to stealing self-driving car technology when he defected to Uber, was also pardoned.

"Notably, his sentencing judge called him a 'brilliant, groundbreaking engineer that our country needs.' Mr. Levandowski has paid a significant price for his actions and plans to devote his talents to advance the public good," the White House said.

 

WHAT ABOUT ASSANGE AND SNOWDEN?

Mr Trump had previously entertained pardons for Australian WikiLeaks founder Assange and mass surveillance whistleblower Snowden, but backed down reportedly due to pressure from Senate Republicans and the advice of White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

Assange is currently in the UK fighting extradition to the US to face espionage charges, which carry a maximum of 175 years in prison, while Snowden has been living in Russia ever since leaking troves of documents about the National Security Agency's highly secretive spying programs.

According to CNN, Mr Trump decided against pardons for the two men out of fear of angering Republicans who will soon decide whether he is convicted in his Senate impeachment trial.

The broadcaster says multiple Senators sent messages through aides that they felt strongly about not granting clemency to Assange or Snowden.

Mr Trump has, also according to latest US media reports, moved away from the temptation to issue himself a pre-emptive pardon. This would anger his Republican backers in the Senate right ahead of the start of the impeachment trial.

Although Mr Trump was easily acquitted thanks to party support in his first impeachment last year, this time it may not go so well.

Senior Senate Republican McConnell said in blistering comments Tuesday that Mr Trump had "provoked" his supporters and that the "mob was fed lies" before embarking on the assault against Congress.

WHO HAS TRUMP PARDONED ALREADY?

The President had already used his final days in office to issue scores of pardons to his closest allies, including several people caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's three-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which ultimately found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Last month he pardoned former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was facing seven-and-a-half years in jail after being convicted of unrelated financial crimes including tax evasion and money laundering.

Roger Stone, a long-time Trump ally who had already received a commutation of his prison sentence for lying to Congress, was also granted a pardon, along with former campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos and lawyer Alex van der Zwaan - both of whom the White House said had been charged with "process-related" crimes by the Mueller investigation.

That came after Mr Trump pardoned his former national security Adviser Mike Flynn, who was also charged by the Mueller probe with lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 transition.

The Department of Justice had been attempting to drop its prosecution of General Flynn since May last year after an independent review ordered by Attorney-General Bill Barr uncovered prosecutorial misconduct.

Also among the recent controversial pardons have been several former Republican Congressmen facing prison sentences for fraud and other charges, and four former private security contractors who were convicted in connection with the massacre of 17 Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad, in 2007.

UPDATE: With just hours to go in office, US President Donald Trump has reportedly pardoned Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist charged with defrauding political donors.

White House officials told The New York Times that the pardon was a pre-emptive move that would effectively wipe away the charges against Mr. Bannon, should he be convicted.

Mr Bannon was arrested in August by federal prosecutors in Manhattan on charges related to the money raised to promote the construction of Mr Trump's proposed wall on the US-Mexico border.

Rumours are swirling over who else will be granted a pardon or commutation from Mr Trump, with speculation the list could include everyone from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to star of the big cat docuseries Tiger King, Joe Exotic.

Several US media outlets have reported that Mr Trump will grant clemency to about 150 people in the final hours of his term, with the list of names expected to drop at around midnight Washington time (3pm AEDT).

It will be Mr Trump's final slate of pardons and commutations.

In recent days, it emerged that rapper and a supporter of Mr Trump, Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter) - who faces up to 10 years prison after recently pleading guilt to possessing a handgun two years ago when his chartered jet landed in Miami - could be pardoned, according to sources who spoke to Reuters.

EARLIER: Rumours are swirling over who will be granted a pardon or commutation from outgoing US President Donald Trump, with speculation the list could include everyone from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to star of the big cat docuseries Tiger King, Joe Exotic.

Several US media outlets have reported that Mr Trump will grant clemency to about 150 people in the final hours of his term, with the list of names expected to drop at around midnight Washington time (3pm AEDT).

It will be Mr Trump's final slate of pardons and commutations.

In recent days, it emerged that rapper and a supporter of Mr Trump, Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter) - who faces up to 10 years prison after recently pleading guilt to possessing a handgun two years ago when his chartered jet landed in Miami - could be pardoned, according to sources who spoke to Reuters.

Limousines have also been spotted outside a prison in Fort Worth, Texas, where Joseph Maldonado-Passage (Joe Exotic from Netflix's Tiger King) is locked up on 17 federal charges of animal abuse.

His lawyer, Eric Love, told BBC News he's "confident" Exotic would be freed.

"We are 100% sure that today is our day," Mr Love told the BBC

"The first thing he wants to do is get his hair done... He wants his appearance to be on-point and once that's on-point I'm sure we'll be grabbing some fast-food," he added.

Australian and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - who is currently jailed in the UK and fighting US attempts to extradite him to face espionage charges - was originally thought to be on Mr Trump's radar for a pardon, but is believed to have not made the cut.

There is also uncertainty over whether he will grant clemency to his former adviser, Steve Bannon.

It's also believed that Mr Trump will not issue himself, his children, and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pre-emptive pardons due to the risk of sparking anger among pro-Trump Senate Republicans ahead of his impeachment trial.

Originally published as Joe Exotic, Lil Wayne: Who Trump could pardon



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