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Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

BREAKING: Trump pardons former strategist Steve Bannon, among 143 people awarded pardons or commutations in final hours in office.

1/20/2021 9:03:00 AM

BREAKING: Trump pardons former strategist Steve Bannon, among 143 people awarded pardons or commutations in final hours in office.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than 140 people, including rap performers, ex-members of Congress and other allies of him and his family.

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The last-minute clemency, announced Wednesday morning, follows separate waves of pardons over the last month for Trump associates convicted in the FBI’s Russia investigation as well as for the father of his son-in-law. Taken together, the actions underscore the president’s willingness, all the way through his four years in the White House, to flex his constitutional powers in ways that defy convention and explicitly aid his friends and supporters.

ADVERTISEMENTWhereas pardon recipients are conventionally thought of as defendants who have faced justice, often by having served at least some prison time, the pardon for Bannon nullifies a prosecution that was still in its early stages and likely months away from trial in Manhattan, effectively eliminating any prospect for punishment.

Though other presidents have issued controversial pardons at the ends of their administration, perhaps no commander in chief has so enjoyed using the clemency authority to benefit not only friends and acquaintances but also celebrity defendants and those championed by allies.

Besides Bannon, other Trump family allies to get pardons were Elliott Broidy, a Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty last fall in a scheme to lobby the White House to drop an investigation into the looting of a Malaysian wealth fund, and Ken Kurson, a friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner who was charged last October with cyberstalking during a heated divorce.

“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 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.”

Bannon has been charged with duping thousands of investors who believed their money would be used to fulfill Trump’s chief campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border. Instead, he allegedly diverted over a million dollars, paying a salary to one campaign official and personal expenses for himself.

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Bannon did not respond to questions Tuesday.Trump has already pardoned a slew of longtime associates and supporters, including his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law; his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone; and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

ADVERTISEMENTA voice of nationalist, outsider conservatism, Bannon — who served in the Navy and worked at Goldman Sachs and as a Hollywood producer before turning to politics — led the conservative Breitbart News before being tapped to serve as chief executive officer of Trump’s 2016 campaign in its critical final months.

He later served as chief strategist to the president during the turbulent early days of Trump’s administration and was at the forefront of many of its most contentious policies, including its travel ban on several majority-Muslim countries.But Bannon, who clashed with other top advisers, was pushed out after less than a year. And his split with Trump deepened after he was quoted in a 2018 book making critical remarks about some of Trump’s adult children. Bannon apologized and soon stepped down as chairman of Breitbart. He and Trump have recently reconciled.

In August, he was pulled from a luxury yacht off the coast of Connecticut and brought before a judge in Manhattan, where he pleaded not guilty. When he emerged from the courthouse, Bannon tore off his mask, smiled and waved to news cameras. As he went to a waiting vehicle, he shouted, “This entire fiasco is to stop people who want to build the wall.”

The organizers of the “We Build The Wall” group portrayed themselves as eager to help the president build a “big beautiful” barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, as he promised during the 2016 campaign. They raised more than $25 million from thousands of donors and pledged that 100% of the money would be used for the project.

But according to the criminal charges, much of the money never made it to the wall. Instead, it was used to line the pockets of group members, including Bannon.___Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed to this report. Read more: The Associated Press »

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Watching Trump sign 143 pardons at once What did he do? Incite a riot...more? Trump NEEDS bannon to start a new party Fartriots parrots Bantriots Pantryrots Pardonplots The fact that so many people he has pardoned are friends and people who worked for him says all you need to know about his integrity/morals. Glad he was fired.

Are there any investigations under way against Trump, Guilliani, Stone and Bannon for conspiering to overcome Congress / Senate last not least the constitution? Good, whoever was swindled by this criminal can now use this pardon as an admission of guilt while they are his sorry ass into the next decade.

If you haven't been charged you sn not be legally pardoned charge them Frightening.. He’s completely unhinged.. How is anything he does right now valid? Charge him and remove him EITMonline Lots of libs in here continuing the butt hurt and ignoring the fact Obama pardoned almost 2,000 people. Such a sleazy, disgusting person.

TO THE FOLKS WHO DONATED TO THE 'BUILD THE WALL' PROJECT: Congratulations! You now have proof that you're part of the great field of DJT's sheep. Like those who donated to his 'legal defense' fundraising, you too were fleeced. For Bannon to accept this pardon he must admit guilt. Yall do know that NY State Prison is not a place anyone wants to really be. Yall know there will be State charges against Bannon which will put him in jail much longer.

FOX5Atlanta Tribute to America's patriotic power🙏🙏🙏 Another distraction from the twice impeached president failure of the Unified States. ManhattanDA will be his Karma! Ouch — wonder how many MAGA hats are being thrown in the trash and/or stomped on 😂 Otis made bail... AboDaffy I wonder how much money trump made by issuing those . . .

Oh for fucks sake 🙄 Who will be entertaining us on twitter as the ex-president exit?....we need a 🤡 like Trump, urgently😁 Very upsetting. I vigorously pursued getting a pardon and was rejected. Now I will have to pay for those speeding tickets! Irony: with the pardon of Charles Kushner, he will now be able to visit his son, Jared, in prison.

🤮 Bannon knows where all the bodies are buried. Simple as that. What! He has no shame ..... FOX5Atlanta trump is the virus 🦠here comes the cure! An FBI agent went undercover to study white supremacists. He's now speaking out about racist police. Arrest and fire them all! Trumps people have been Lion to Tiger King, they were expecting a Pardon. Guess they need to return the Limo and cancel the party....

Steve Bannon looks contagious. Not exactly sure what you would catch from him but just seems that if you got to close you might catch a virus that turns you into a Ted Cruz like being. Wear those face masks! Protect against COVID-19 and Bannon’s lack of ethics! Bannon ripped off MAGA wall supporters 🤣

No f****** equal or fair justice for anyone, unless your well connected to a white supremacist dictator. So did the entire $25m donated for the wall get squandered 😂 Why are his people not making noise about it This is getting annoying, if it takes me 20 seconds to include a link to the full list, why can't these media outlets just post the damn statement:

I'm sorry but I don't care who trump pardons. Lol 45 could’ve issued pardons on the 19th, an attention whore till the end! Today is about America JoeBiden and SenKamalaHarris 🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 GOPCorruptionOverCountry Lets all take a moment to think about the golden boy letting someone that betrayed our county go free and the people whining about these nobodies going free didn't care.

wtf Secret, 'pocket pardons'? Authorities should question the presentation of any undeclared pardon in the future post Trump Admin b/c you cant trust Trump & the authenticity of any pardon document - what's to stop him from signing add'l pardons long before he's gone. KOINNews I wonder what the going rate $$$$$ was for their pardons

Now I know what’s the swamp they always talking abt. _Politics Not surprised. That means he admits he's guilty Thats going to make it easier for prosecution on other offences he's facing These guys sure are dummies. ClemencyClownShow Mainstream media, please stop reporting about Trump, unless he is arrested. We've had more than enough. Let him fade into obscurity and exist only on far right conspiratorial sites.

How much money can one make per pardon? no_itsmyturn Dms 🤬🤬🤬 Trump's people to Trump during his last hours in office be like So he's admitting that Bannon committed crimes? 'Strategist' seems a bit much of an embellishment. One believes the correct term is 'BoozeHobo Arsonist'. - Editor at Large. There should be a 'disgusted' Emoji for this. It's as though laws don't apply at all to anyone that was in Trump's camp. Good riddance to the cons and criminals, but some should be serving jail time.

Crooks liars and a clear and present danger to the United States of America A repugnant predator of the highest order ... I hope Karma finds you soon, Steve Bannon. So who cares? Get over it quickly. Amnd you gnire frump. Sounds like a list of all the people he has committed crimes with, or will use as the core of his domestic troublemaking party

He should have pardoned Hunter Biden, H. Clinton, Pilosi, Schumer and Schiff. Hehe. Thick as thieves! Corrupt. $2 million for a pardon. I hope Trump and others are prosecuted and put in jail. Rap stars? 🤣 Total joke on this pardon process. Should never be allowed to pardon without approval of the 'Pardon' oversight committee. And there should be a limit and strict criteria.

NOT justice smh Color me surprised. 😒 Although President Obama “pardoned” 1900 people, I’m pretty sure none were his cabinet members or campaign staff. More federal executions in the past 3 months than there have been in DECADES, but he found time to pardon 143 of his friends He needs Bannon for his new party! Be warned America SpeakerPelosi

Hey Donny, don't forget Michael Cohen! Double impeached presidents shouldnt be able to give pardons. This governmnent is damn dated and ridiculous. All of the wrong people being pardoned. Right,famous and well known smh Trump is pardoning people who could hurt him if they testified against him. But his pardons don't apply on the state level, so Trump and his cronies can still plan on a lot of criminal charges.

SeditionHunters please retweet And no one is surprised Prerogative power Honestly it doesn't matter anymore.. Just go Bannon committed millions of fraud we will have him soon or later ! Got any records to compare to? Tweet says “pardons,” but the actual piece says “expected.” Bad journalism. 95% only bad news(

great! good luck CourtneyDBryant Here comes the con-man coming with his con-plan!!! His Last Hurrah... States: Disgusting corruption. Total disgrace. Pardons must be abolished. Wasn’t Lil Wayne one of them too Gross. Can’t wait to see this list The pardon is so Bannon won’t talk If you sleep with dogs, you get up with fleas, criminal

Noooooooooo Come check out how to protect your home perfectly 🔐 Looks like 143 counts of bribery to me