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Entertainment Donald Trump pardons Steve Bannon, Elliott Broidy and Lil Wayne in final hours as President

08:20  20 january  2021
08:20  20 january  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Mr Trump was not expected to pardon himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was at the forefront of unsuccessful efforts to get the results of the 2020 presidential election overturned, sources said.

In total, 143 people were granted pardons and commutations.

The pardons were announced after midnight on Wednesday (local time), in the final hours of Mr Trump's presidency.

Mr Trump also pardoned rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, both prosecuted on federal weapons offences, as well as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison term on corruption charges, a senior administration official said.

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In his final hours in office as US president , Donald Trump pardoned his former White House adviser Steve Bannon , according to US media reports. Steve Banon received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump , according to reports Wednesday in Reuters news agency and The New York Times.

Elliott Broidy, a Trump donor who pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws, was also pardoned.

A person familiar with his thinking who spoke to the Associated Press (AP) said Mr Trump flip-flopped repeatedly as he mulled his final actions, and warned the decision could be reversed until it was formally unveiled.

The last-minute clemency would follow separate waves of pardons over the last month for the President's allies, including associate Roger Stone, who was convicted in the FBI's Russia investigation, as well as Charles Kushner, the father of Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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Mr Bannon, who was a key adviser in Trump's 2016 presidential run, was last year charged over an alleged scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters in a campaign that raised more than $US25 million ($35 million) to help build the US-Mexico border wall.

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President Donald Trump has told people that he intends to pardon his former chief strategist Steve Bannon in the final hours of his tenure at the White In August 2020, Bannon was arrested and found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering after raising donations from a

President Donald Trump is expected to pardon dozens of Americans on Tuesday, his Lil Wayne is expected to be pardoned by President Donald Trump before he leaves office on Wednesday. Still another possible name on his list is his former fundraiser Elliott Broidy , who pleaded guilty in October

He pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering and was released on bail.

Whereas pardon recipients were generally thought of as defendants who had faced justice, often by having served at least some prison time, a pardon for Mr Bannon would nullify a prosecution that was still in its early stages.

Mr Bannon's case was likely months away from trial in Manhattan, effectively eliminating any prospect of punishment.

But Mr Bannon could still be charged in state court in New York, where a pardon would not help him, said Daniel R. Alonso, a former prosecutor now at the Buckley law firm.

Lil Wayne, 38, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, pleaded guilty in federal court in December to illegally possessing a firearm and was facing up to 10 years in prison.

Kodak Black, 23, who was born Bill Kahan Kapri, is in federal prison for making a false statement in order to buy a firearm

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Trump granted clemency to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black in his finals hours as president .
Lil Wayne was granted a full pardon from Trump in connection to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Kodak Black was granted a commutation on a sentence he's currently serving for making a false statement on a federal document. The rappers were among 73 pardons and 70 commutations of sentences that Trump issued in the final hours of his presidency. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were among the dozens of people outgoing President Donald Trump granted clemency to in his final hours in the White House.

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