Trump pardons dozens, including Steve Bannon, as he exits White House

Trump pardons dozens, including Steve Bannon, as he exits White HouseJanuary 20, 2021

President Donald Trump handed out dozens of pardons and commutations late Tuesday, wielding his presidential authority one last time on his final full day in office.

The move comes after Trump was impeached by the House for the second time and as he faces a Senate trial in the coming weeks. It also comes after an intense internal debate over who merited relief, and a clamorous lobbying campaign by Trump allies and lawyers for prospective recipients of pardons.

The wave of clemency grants includes Steve Bannon, the right-wing firebrand and former Trump White House strategist, who faced trial on charges of swindling donors to a private group raising money for border wall construction, as well as the GOP donor and Trump inaugural organizer Elliott Broidy, who was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in October to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.

Those whose sentences were commuted included former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of Detroit, a Democrat serving a 28-year term for corruption, and the rapper Kodak Black. Another rapper, Lil Wayne received a full pardon.

Wayne is facing sentencing on a gun charge, while Black is serving a nearly four-year prison term on weapons charges.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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