Trump to issue 50 to 100 commutations and pardons before leaving White House, including for rapper Lil Wayne Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to issue between 50 and 100 pardons and commutations before he leaves the White House on Wednesday, multiple news outlets reported, quoting sources familiar with the list.

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the 450th mile of the new border wall Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, near the Texas Mexico border. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the 450th mile of the new border wall Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, near the Texas Mexico border. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Sources told Fox News that the pardons and commutation will likely be announced in one large batch on Tuesday, but the White House may want to make them official on Wednesday morning shortly before Joseph R. Biden Jr. takes office at noon.

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Fox News said there was a meeting at the White House on Sunday to finalize “the growing list of pardons and commutations.”

On the list is rapper Lil Wayne, the report said, adding that the president is not expected to pardon Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, despite an aggressive campaign to do just that.

Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.  Photo: Gage Skidmore
Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore

The news medium added that Trump associate Steve Bannon is described as “to be determined.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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