According to officials at the White House, the former aide – accused of fraud – among a hundred people who should benefit from leniency.
US President Donald Trump has granted a pardon to his disgraced former aide Steve Bannon amid a wave of pardons and commutations during his final hours in office, White House officials told the agency Reuters Press and The New York Times newspaper.
Trump was not expected to forgive himself, his family members or lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was at the forefront of unsuccessful efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential results.
The outgoing president has confirmed the pardon of rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, both accused of arms, as well as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison sentence for corruption, a senior official said. administration. .
Trump is expected to pardon a hundred people before Joe Biden is sworn in as the next President of the United States on January 20. The US Constitution gives the President the power to issue “stays and pardons for offenses against the United States.”
Bannon, who was a key adviser to Trump’s presidential race in 2016, was accused last year of defrauding Trump supporters for trying to raise private funds to build the president’s wall on the U.S. border. Mexican. He pleaded not guilty.
White House officials had advised Trump against forgiving Bannon. The two recently rekindled their relationship as Trump sought support for his unproven allegations of electoral fraud, an official familiar with the situation said.
Bannon, 67, is the latest prominent political ally to receive leniency from Trump, who has often used executive powers to reward loyalists and punish enemies.
Trump had previously pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI about his conversation with the former Russian ambassador, and he commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone, who was convicted of ‘lied to Congress during its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
In December he pardoned four Blackwater guards who had been convicted of a 2007 massacre in Iraq.