President Donald Trump is reportedly set to issue approximately 100 pardons and commutations to white-collar criminals, high-profile rappers, and others on his last full day in office.
The White House held a meeting on Sunday to finalize the list of pardons, two sources told CNN.
“Initially, two major batches had been ready to roll out, one at the end of last week and one on Tuesday. Now, officials expect the last batch to be the only one—unless Trump decides at the last minute to grant pardons to controversial allies, members of his family or himself,” the network reported.
It’s unclear if high-profile names such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or former Trump adviser Steve Bannon are on the list.
CNN said Trump “will issue pardons that he could benefit from post presidency. ‘Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him,’ one source familiar with the matter said.”
One person reportedly on the list is Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor from Palm Beach, Florida, who was convicted on dozens of counts of healthcare fraud.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that Trump was personally involved in the discussions.
“Trump met Sunday with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump and other aides for a significant amount of the day to review a long list of pardon requests and discuss lingering questions about their appeals, according to the multiple people briefed on the meeting. The president was personally engaged with the details of specific cases, one person said,” the Post rep... (Read more)
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