DONALD Trump is set to pardon Lil Wayne, Kodak Black and Steve Bannon in a last-minute move before Joe Biden is sworn in.
On Tuesday night, multiple media outlets reported that the outgoing president was determined to pardon his former aide in a flurry of last-minute decisions – hours before Biden‘s inauguration in Washington DC.
Donald Trump pardoned Lil Wayne before leaving office, reports say Credit: Twitter
He granted clemency to Rapper Kodak BlackCredit: Reuters
Trump also decided to pardon Steve Bannon on Tuesday nightCredit: Reuters
It then emerged that the president also reportedly planned to grant clemency to rappers Lil Wayne, Kodak Black, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and ex-RNC finance chair Elliott Broidy as well as Bannon.
The last minute pardons are notable for the absence of family members and others that were touted to be under consideration – including Trump himself and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
A senior administration official told Reuters that no member of Trump’s family, nor the president or his lawyer, would be pardoned.
Lil Wayne, 38 – whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr – and Kodak Black, 23 – aka Bill Kahan Kapri – were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses.
Kilpatrick was serving a 28-year prison term on corruption charges before Trump’s slated pardon, according to Reuters.
In November 2020, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida hit Lil Wayne with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Trump was reportedly keen to pardon his former aide BannonCredit: AFP or licensors
A person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that Trump was likely to grant Bannon a pardon before he headed off to Florida tomorrow but that he had flip-flopped repeatedly on the matter.
An insider noted that these decisions could be reversed until they’re formally confirmed, according to Reuters.
If Trump pardons him, it would shutter the federal prosecution of Bannon for allegedly defrauding donors who wanted to build a wall at the Mexican border.
Trump was keen to pardon his formerly estranged aide, who peddled unfounded claims that the 2020 election was “rigged.”
Officials have reportedly cautioned that the pardon is not definite until the paperwork is signed by Trump, however.
Trump is expected to pardon Bannon before he leaves the Oval OfficeCredit: The Mega Agency
A slew of pardons are expected within the next few hours, including BannonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Bannon was booked onboard a super yacht last August for allegedly illegally funneling $1million in donations from the “We Build The Wall” fund in 2018, which he pleaded not guilty to.
He used this money to allegedly pay a salary to one campaign official and personal expenses for himself.
Bannon fell out with Trump after he was quoted slamming the president’s children in the book Fire and Fury, which enraged Trump, who dubbed him “Sloppy Steve” and said Bannon had “lost his mind.”
Afterwards, he said “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man” in a statement to Axios at the time.
“My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda,” he said.
Trump and Bannon appeared to fall out over comments his former aide made Credit: AFP – Getty
Bannon was quoted in Fire and Fury as saying Donald Trump Jr committed ‘treason’ by meeting with Russian officials in 2016Credit: Reuters
Bannon was heavily involved in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign before they parted ways.
Trump is expected to offer pardons and commutations to as many as 100 people in the hours before he leaves office at noon Wednesday, two insiders told AP.
The list is expected to include unfamiliar names of regular people who have spent years languishing in prison, as well as politically connected friends and allies like those Trump has pardoned in the past.
He has already granted one to Death Row Records co-founder Michael ‘Harry-O’ Harris after Snoop Dogg’s campaign to free drug kingpin.
The 60-year-old was jailed more than 30 years ago following his cocaine trafficking and attempted murder convictions and originally set to be released form jail in October 2028.
As of January 19, Trump had reportedly pardoned 41 people and commuted the sentences of eight more over the past two days.
Michael ‘Harry-O Harris’ will be released from prison without delay
President Trump pardoned a Los Angeles drug kingpin after Snoop Dogg pushed for itCredit: Getty Images
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