President Trump issued 73 new pardons and 70 commutations last night. The new pardons include former advisor Steve Bannon (charged for defrauding donors to a border wall crowdfunding effort). Trump did not issue any preemptive pardons to himself, family members, or personal lawyer Giuliani (a widely-speculated idea).
Extra: Here’s the full list of pardons from the White House. High-profile pardons include rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black (convicted on weapons charges).
More context: Outgoing presidents commonly issue pardons at the end of their term.
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