- Donald Trump's tenure as American president will be ending on Wednesday, January 20
- Trump will issue about 100 100 pardons on the day before he leaves the White House
- Joe Biden's inauguration as the new president of the US is to be held on Wednesday, January 20
A report by CNN indicates that President Donald Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office on Tuesday, January 19.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the report said three people familiar with the matter noted that a major batch of clemency actions included white-collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others.
It was reported that two sources said that the White House held a meeting on Sunday, January 17 to finalise the list of pardons.
CNN stated that Trump, who had been rolling out pardons and commutations at a steady clip ahead of Christmas, had put a pause on them in the days leading up to and directly after the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.
Two major batches had been ready to roll out, one at the end of last week and one on Tuesday, January 19, according to sources, adding that officials expect the last batch to be the only one unless Trump decides at the last minute to grant pardons to controversial allies, members of his family or himself.
The pardons are one of several items Trump must complete before his presidency ends in days. White House officials also still have executive orders prepared, and the President is still hopeful to declassify information related to the Russia probe before he leaves office.
Meanwhile, Briedly.co.za had previously reported that barely two days to the inauguration of Joe Biden as the new president, the Capitol building in Washington DC was put on lockdown owing to a security threat.
It was reported that the Capitol, which is home to the US Congress, was attacked by a pro-Trump mob on Wednesday, January 6, leaving many people dead.
In other news, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J Blige feature on US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamila Harris' official inauguration playlist.
Biden will be inaugurated this coming Wednesday, 20 January. The hour and twenty-minute soundtrack also features music from MF Doom, Mac Miller, A Tribe Called Quest, N.E.R.D and Burna Boy, among others.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee reportedly asked Issa Rae’s Raedio Imprint and DJ D-Nice to curate the playlist.
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Source: Briefly News