Donald Trump pardons Steve Bannon and 142 others in final hours in White House
Donald Trump has pardoned his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, as part of a flurry of action granting
clemency to nearly 150 people.
In the last few hours of his tumultuous presidency, the departing Mr Trump announced pardons and
commutations for 143 people, after midnight on Wednesday. It comes on the same day that he is set to be
replaced in the White House by President-elect Joe Biden.
The controversial practice of pardoning is not new but Mr Trump’s use of the privilege is likely to raise eyebrows.
He did not pardon himself or the Tiger King TV star Joe Exotic, as rumors had suggested he might.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations, stressed that Trump
has flip-flopped repeatedly as he mulls his final actions, and warned the decision could be reversed until it’s
Whereas pardon recipients are generally thought of as defendants who have faced justice, often by having
served at least some prison time, a 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, 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 bookmaking critical remarks about some of Trump’s adult
children. Bannon apologized and soon stepped down as chairman of Breitbart. He and Trump have recently
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.