Trump Also pardons his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, Death Row Records co-founder, Michael 'Harry-O' Harris before he departs the White House for a final time

Trump Also pardons his former chief strategist Steve Bannon before he departs the White House for a final time

President Donald Trump has pardoned his former chief strategist Steve Bannon in his final hours in the office before departing the White House for a final time.

 

Bannon, 67, who helped Trump win the election in 2016 and was a senior White House adviser, was among the 73 individuals pardoned by the outgoing president, who also commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals on Tuesday.

 

In August 2020, Bannon was charged with a case over defrauding the public in an effort to raise private funds to build the US-Mexico border wall, to which he pleaded not guilty.

 

Pardoning Bannon the White House said: 

"President Trump granted a full pardon to Stephen Bannon. Prosecutors pursued Mr. Bannon with charges related to fraud stemming from his involvement in a political project. Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen."

 

Trump also pardoned rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black who were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses, as well as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison term on corruption charges.

 

Reacting after Bannon was pardoned, Daniel R. Alonso, a former prosecutor said Bannon can still be charged in state court in New York, where a pardon would not help him.

 

Fraud prosecutions are frequently brought by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Alonso added. 

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'Steve Bannon is getting a pardon from Trump after defrauding Trump's own supporters into paying for a wall that Trump promised Mexico would pay for,' Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff also said on Twitter. 'And if that all sounds crazy, that's because it is. Thank God we have only 12 more hours of this den of thieves.'  

 

Trump Also pardons his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, Death Row Records co-founder, Michael 'Harry-O' Harris before he departs the White House for a final time

Death Row Records co-founder, Michael 'Harry-O Harris is among the dozens of individuals who were granted clemency by President Donald Trump in his final hours in the office. 

 

Harris, now 58, was convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping in 1988 and jailed at a Federal Correctional Facility in Lompoc. He is set to be released from the California federal prison after 32 years behind bars.


Pardoning Harris, the White House said in a statement: "

President Trump commuted the sentence of Michael Harris. Mr. Harris is a 59-year-old who has served 30 years of a 25 year to life sentence for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder."

 

"Mr. Harris has had an exemplary prison record for three decades. He is a former entrepreneur and has mentored and taught fellow prisoners how to start and run businesses."

 

"He has completed courses towards business and journalism degrees. Upon his release, Mr. Harris will have a meaningful place of employment and housing with the support of his family."




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