President Trump is expected to issue between 50 and 100 shifts and pardons before leaving office this week, two people familiar with the list told Fox News.
Sources told Fox News that the pardon announcement was likely to come with a large batch on Tuesday, but there was little chance the White House would wait to make them official Wednesday morning. The president must do so by noon on Wednesday.
Trump RELEASES A NEW WAVE OF PASSIONS, THREE SWITCHES
Fox News has learned that a meeting was held at the White House on Sunday afternoon to finalize the growing list of pardons and commutations.
Despite WikiLeaks’ aggressive campaign to try to secure a pardon for its founder, Julian Assange, the president is not expected to give it one.
The Justice Department maintains that Assange must stand trial on 1
Fox News also learned that rapper Lil Wayne is expected to be on the list, while former Trump aide Steve Bannon has been described as “TBD.”
Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, pleaded guilty in 2020 to federal district court for illegal possession of a loaded, gold-plated .45-caliber pistol while traveling to Florida on a private jet in 2019 on small amounts of cocaine. , ecstasy and oxycodone, according to the American lawyer.
Bannon, a former Trump adviser and architect of his 2016 campaign, was arrested on charges of fraud over the summer. Bannon pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan after he was charged along with three others who were charged with donor fraud in an online fundraising campaign known as “We Build the Wall,” which raised $ 25 million.
Bannon, 66, is charged with one conspiracy to commit fraud and one conspiracy to launder money, each with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Bannon was released on a $ 5 million bond.
PRESIDENT Trump RELEASES SEVERAL HIGH PROFILES
During his presidency, the president has issued a number of high-ranking pardons and commutations.
Last month, the president pardoned former California GOP spokesman Duncan Hunter, who was sentenced to 11 months in prison and three years in probation after pleading guilty to corruption, as well as former GOP spokesman Chris Collins, who was convicted. at 26 months in prison for securities fraud.
Trump also pardoned former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who was convicted of making false statements during Mueller’s investigation.
The White House said Tuesday that Papadopoulos had been charged with a “crime related to the trial”, although “Mueller said in his report that he had found no evidence of a collusion on Russia’s attempts to interfere in the election.”
The president also pardoned Alex van der Zuan, who also pleaded guilty to lying to Mueller’s investigators and was sentenced to 30 days in prison.
And just before Christmas, the president pardoned more than two dozen others – including his campaign manager in 2016, Paul Manafort, and councilor Roger Stone – both were prosecuted and convicted in Mueller’s investigation.
Trump changed Stone’s sentence in July, but gave him a full pardon last month.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, the president pardoned his former White House national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who also twice pleaded guilty to making false statements as part of Mueller’s investigation.
However, the prosecution came under strict scrutiny after the publication of FBI documents suggesting a plot to make him lie.
“What’s our goal?” Read one of the FBI’s notes. “Truth / Confession or make him lie so we can persecute him or fire him?”
Following these revelations, Trump’s Justice Department dropped the case against Flynn, but encountered obstacles after the DC Court of Appeals rejected Flynn’s request to force U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan to drop his case in August.
Also last month, Trump pardoned Charles Kushner, the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was convicted and sentenced to two years for making false tax returns, revenge on witnesses and false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and Margaret Hunter, the wife of a former congressman. Hunter. Ms. Hunter pleaded guilty in 2019 to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds for personal expenses and was sentenced to three years probation.
Marisa Schultz, Morgan Phillips, Lucas Manfredi, Julius Young, Hollie McKay and the Associated Press contributed to this report.