Trump Issues Pardons in Final Hours as President

Headline Roundup January 20th, 2021

In the final hours of his administration, President Donald Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the federal sentences of 70 other people.

Trump did not give clemency to his family members, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, or himself.

Trump Issues Pardons in Final Hours as President

From the Right
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politics, Presidential pardons, Donald Trump

Late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump was busy issuing a long list of pardons and sentence commutations, including for former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, rapper and Trump supporter Lil Wayne, and scores more.

According to reports, Trump fired off a total of 73 pardons and 70 commutations, but did not pardon himself or any members of his family in the 11th-hour move.

A pardon comes for Bannon, who was accused of defrauding donors in a "build the wall" fundraising effort. He has pleaded not...

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ANALYSIS

On his way out of office, Trump distorts the Constitution to serve his ego and personal interests.

President Trump’s last-minute pardons betray what the Constitution’s pardon power is all about. While he has not decided to try to pardon himself (at least, not as far as we know), the pardons he issued during his term taken together serve as a microcosm for his presidency. They take a noble part of our Constitution and warp it in the service of Trump’s ego and future personal interests.

The Founders put the pardon...

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From the Center
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President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly used his clemency authority as a political tool rather than an act of mercy, issued a final wave of pardons and commutations on his last night in office, delivering relief for a mix of beneficiaries that included former strategist Stephen Bannon, Republican Party and Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, found guilty in 2013 of corruption charges.

He granted pardons to 73 people and commuted the sentences of another 70 people, according to a news release from the White House....

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