A new report is indicating that President Trump is expected to issue between 50 and 100 pardons and commutations before he leaves office. Included on the list is rapper Lil’ Wayne.
A surprising “to be determined” is former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. It also does not appear that President Trump will pardon Julian Assange.
According to Fox News:
The sources told Fox News that the announcement of the pardons will likely come in one large batch on Tuesday, but there is a slight chance the White House will wait to make them official until Wednesday morning. The president has until noon on Wednesday to do so.
The Justice Department has maintained that Assange should face the U.S. court of law on 18 charges, put forth by the Obama administration in 2010, centered on conspiring to breach government computers and violate the Espionage Act. The charges carry a maximum of 175 years in prison.
And Bannon, a former adviser to Trump and an architect of his 2016 campaign, was arrested on fraud charges over the summer. Bannon pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan after being indicted with three others who were accused of defrauding donors to the online fundraising campaign known as “We Build the Wall” that raised $25 million.
Bannon, 66, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Lil’ Wayne who was born Dwayne Carter pled guilty in 2020 to illegal possession of a firearm.