Donald Trump weighs wave of pardons on last night of his presidency
List likely to include former White House strategist Steve Bannon
US President Donald Trump has decided to pardon his influential former adviser Steve Bannon, US media reported Tuesday, though no official announcement had been made as Trump counted down his final hours in the White House.
Bannon was granted clemency after being charged with
that was a flagship Trump policy,
said citing White House officials.
The paper said the president – who will leave office on Wednesday – made his last-minute decision after speaking to Bannon by phone.
A person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Associated Press, stressed that Trump has flip-flopped repeatedly as he mulls his final clemency action, and warned the decision could be reversed until it’s formally unveiled.
The pardon would effectively wipe away charges against Bannon, if he was convicted, it said. CNN also reported the pardon for Bannon, but said Trump had not yet signed the final paperwork.
Before Trump flies to Florida on Wednesday morning – skipping
– he is expected to issue scores of other pardons, with speculation rife over who might make the list.
The latest indications are that Trump will not take the legally dubious step of issuing himself and his children pre-emptive pardons.
According to CNN and other US outlets, Trump has a list of about 100 people to whom he may grant clemency.
Trump has already pardoned a slew of long-time associates and supporters, including his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law; his long-time friend and adviser Roger Stone; and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.