Trump pardons 143 people before leaving office

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned 73 people, including his former aide Steve Bannon, the White House said, just before he was due to leave the office.

Donald Trump in his last full day in office as the president of the United States of America pardoned over 100 people, including American rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.

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Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a loaded weapon on a private jet while travelling to Miami in December 2020, Billboard.com reports.

Carter is a convicted felon, stemming from a gun charge in 2007, which meant he was looking at 10 years in prison when sentenced on 28 January 2021.

Also, Kodak Black, born Bill Kahan Kapri, is in federal prison after pleading guilty to a firearms possession charge after being detained at the Canadian-American border in March 2020.

Trump further pardoned his former campaign manager Steve Bannon, former Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick. However, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange and Edward Snowden were not on the list.

Bannon was granted clemency after being charged with defrauding people over funds raised to build the Mexico border wall that was a flagship Trump policy.

Who will leave office on Wednesday made his last-minute decision after speaking to Bannon by phone. The pardon would effectively wipe away charges against Bannon, if he was convicted, it said.

Trump will fly to Florida on Wednesday morning skipping Joe Biden’s inauguration. The latest indications are that Trump will not take the legally dubious step of issuing himself and his children preemptive pardons.

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