Donald Trump pardons 142 people including Steve Bannon (but not Joe Exotic)

Donald Trump has pardoned his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, as part of a flurry of action granting clemency to nearly 150 people.

In the last few hours of his tumultuous presidency, the departing Mr Trump announced pardons and commutations for 143 people, after midnight on Wednesday.

It comes on the same day that he is set to be replaced in the White House by President-elect Joe Biden.

The controversial practice of pardoning is not new but Mr Trump’s use of the privilege is likely to raise eyebrows. He did not pardon himself or the Tiger King TV star Joe Exotic, as rumours had suggested he might. 

Bannon had been charged with duping thousands of investors who believed their money would be used to fulfil Mr Trump’s chief campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border.

Instead, he allegedly diverted over a million dollars, paying a salary to one campaign official and personal expenses for himself.

A statement from the White House said: ‘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.’

Mr Trump has already pardoned a series of long-time associates and supporters, including his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law; his long-time friend and adviser Roger Stone; and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, who were prosecuted on federal weapons offences, were also granted pardons.

But the wave of pardonings did not stretch to other members of Mr Trump’s family or his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who Mr Trump is now accused of not paying.

Mr Giuliani, who has been at the forefront of unsuccessful efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, has not been charged with a crime, but investigators have been probing his activities in Ukraine.

Full list of people Trump has pardoned

Steve Bannon

Elliott Broidy

Kwame Kilpatrick

Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Michael Carte)

Kodak Black (born Bill Kahan Kapri)

Sholam Weiss

Anthony Levandowski

Todd Boulanger

Abel Holtz

Rick Renzi

Kenneth Kurson

Casey Urlacher

Carl Andrews Boggs

Dr Scott Harkonen

Johnny D Phillips Jr

Dr Mahmoud Reza Banki

James E Johnson Jr

Tommaso Buti

Glen Moss

Aviem Sella

John Nystrom

Scott Conor Crosby

Lynn Barney

Joshua J Smith

Amy Povah

Dr Frederick Nahas

David Tamman

Dr Faustino Bernadett

Paul Erickson

Gregory Jorgensen

Deborah Jorgensen

Martin Jorgensen (posthumous)

Todd Farha

Thaddeus Bereday

William Kale

Paul Behrens

Peter Clay

Patrick Lee Swisher

Robert Sherrill

Dr Robert S Corkern

David Lamar Clanton

George Gilmore

Desiree Perez

Robert ‘Bob’ Zangrillo

Hillel Nahmad

Brian McSwain

John Duncan Fordham

William ‘Ed’ Henry

Randall ‘Duke’ Cunningham – conditional pardon

Stephen Odzer

Steven Benjamin Floyd

Joey Hancock

David E Miller

James Austin Hayes

Drew Brownstein

Robert Bowker

Amir Khan

David Rowland

Jessica Frease

Robert Cannon ‘Robin’ Hayes

Thomas Kenton ‘Ken’ Ford

Michael Liberty

Greg Reyes

Ferrell Damon Scott

Jerry Donnell Walden

Jeffrey Alan Conway

Benedict Olberding

Syrita Steib-Martin

Michael Ashley

Lou Hobbs

Matthew Antoine Canady

Mario Claiborne

Rodney Nakia Gibson

Tom Leroy Whitehurst

Monstsho Eugene Vernon

Luis Fernando Sicard

DeWayne Phelps

Isaac Nelson

Traie Tavares Kelly

Javier Gonzales

Douglas Jemal

Eric Wesley Patton

Robert William Cawthon

Hal Knudson Mergler

Gary Evan Hendler

John Harold Wall

Steven Samuel

Clarence Olin Freeman

Fred Keith Alford

John Knock

Kenneth Charles Fragoso

Luis Gonzalez

Anthony DeJohn

Corvain Cooper

Way Quoe Long

Michael Pelletier

Craig Cesal

Darrell Frazier

Lavonne Roach

Blanca Virgen

Robert Francis

Brian Simmons

Derrick Smith

Jaime A Davidson

Raymond Hersman

David Barren

James Romans

Jonathon Braun

Michael Harris

Kyle Kimoto

Chalana McFarland

Eliyahu Weinstein

John Estin Davis

Alex Adjmi

Noah Kleinman

Tena Logan

MaryAnne Locke

Jawad A Musa

Adriana Shayota

April Coots

Caroline Yeats

Jodi Lynn Richter

Kristina Bohnenkamp

Mary Roberts

Cassandra Ann Kasowski

Lerna Lea Paulson

Ann Butler

Sydney Navarro

Tara Perry

Jon Harder

Chris Young

Adrianne Miller

Fred ‘Dave’ Clark

William Walters

James Brian Cruz

Salomon Melgen

Commuted sentences to time served:

Jeff Cheney, Marquis Dargon, Jennings Gilbert, Dwayne L Harrison, Reginald Dinez Johnson, Sharon King, and Hector Madrigal Sr.

White House officials had argued that the President should not pardon himself or his family because it might look like they are guilty of crimes, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Some had advised Mr Trump against pardoning Bannon, too. The two men had rekindled their relationship in recent times, with Mr Trump seeking support for his unproven claims of voter fraud, an official familiar with the situation said.

He also pardoned Elliott Broidy, a former top fundraiser for the campaign who pleaded guilty last year to violating foreign lobbying laws, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison term on corruption charges, a senior administration official said.

The outgoing President leaves office on Wednesday, when Joe Biden is sworn in amid huge concerns about more violence after Trump supporters rioted at the Capitol on January 6. 

Mr Trump, who has long made baseless claims about election fraud, is not expected to attend the inauguration, in a historic break from tradition.

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