Full Trump pardons list and commutes: Did he offer clemency to his family?

Full Trump pardons list and commutes: Did he offer clemency to his family?

On 19th January 2021, President Donald Trump issued a raft of pardons and commutations, in what looked like an 11th-hour move. The batch of 70 commutations and 73 pardons was given during his final hours as the United States president. What caught most people by surprise was that the list included two renowned rappers, a former top fundraiser and his political strategist. What most people did not understand is why his name nor his family was not on the list. You should read on for more details.

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President Trump pardon list reflected how keen he was in awarding pardons to some of his stalwart allies. The bone of contention is that an unusual number of them have been involved in corruption and lying charges. The list comprises the controversial Steve Bannon, who defrauded donors in an online fundraising campaign. Also, Kwame Kilpatrick, a former mayor who was charged with corruption, is also one of the beneficiaries of the pardon.

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Presidents pardon list

How many people has Trump pardoned? President Donald Trump has accorded clemency to more than one hundred and forty people. The list ranges from rappers, lobbyists, to financiers. The presidential pardon list comprises seventy individuals whose sentences have been commuted and another seventy-three who have been pardoned and commuted. Some of the notable names in the list include the following.

Steve Bannon

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Sixty-seven-year-old Steve Bannon was a key adviser during Donald Trump's presidential run in 2016. He was charged with swindling Trump's supporters to raise private funds to bring up the president's wall in the US-Mexico border. Despite the accusations levelled against him, Steve Bannon has pleaded not guilty. Steve Bannon left the Trump administration in 2017.

The officials at the White House advised President Trump against pardoning Steve Bannon to no avail.

Kwame Kilpatrick

Fifty-year-old Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor, was sentenced to twenty-eight years in prison in 2013. This followed his conviction of twenty-four charges, a conspiracy that claimed to have worsened the city's financial crisis. Kwame Kilpatrick received one of the longest corruption sentences ever handed to a US politician, although President Trump commuted the sentence.

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Elliott Broidy

Elliott Broidy, a major party fundraiser of the Republican party, pleaded guilty in October 2020 to acting as an unregistered foreign agent. He admitted to having accepted money to lobby the Trump administration for Malaysian and Chinese interests secretly. Broidy held finance posts during President Trump's 2016 campaign and the inaugural committee. According to the allegations by prosecutors, Elliott Broidy received millions of dollars from an unnamed foreign national to arrange the end of the investigation into billions of dollars embezzled from a Malaysian government investment fund.

Todd Boulanger

President Donald Trump granted a full pardon to Todd Boulanger, whose pardon was supported by most of his friends and his past and present business associates. In 2008, Todd Boulanger pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, although he took full responsibility for his conduct. Mr Boulanger, a veteran of the United States Army Reserves, is remorseful for his actions and would like to leave his mistakes behind him.

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Anthony Levandowski

Anthony Levandowski, a former engineer at Google, pleaded guilty to stealing secret technology related to self-driving cars. In August 2020, a judge in San Fransisco sentenced Anthony Levandowski to eighteen months in prison, although he instructed him to enter custody after the pandemic had subsided. Anthony Levandowski has been pardoned from the sentence.

Sholam Weiss

Sixty-six-year-old Sholam Weiss was convicted of bilking $125 million from an insurance company. He fled the country, and in 2000, he was charged in absentia to 845 years in prison. He was extradited from Austria. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he is in a penitentiary in Pennsylvania.

Lil Wayne

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Thirty-eight-year-old Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, is one of the beneficiaries in the list. In December 2020, Mr Carter pleaded guilty in a federal court for illegally possessing a firearm, and he faced up to ten years in prison. He was scheduled to be sentenced in March 2021.

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One year ago, he was founded with a handgun in his belongings aboard a private plane that had landed at an airport in Miami. Due to a previous felony conviction, it was illegal for the rapper to own the ammunition. Lili Wayne is one of the individuals on the list of Trump pardons today.

Rapper Kodak Black

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Twenty-three-year-old rapper Kodak Black, born Bill Kahan Kapri, is in federal prison. He was convicted of recording a false statement to purchase a firearm. He pleaded guilty in August 2019 and was sentenced to three years and ten months in prison, although his sentence has been commuted.

These are the other beneficiaries of the pardons list and commutes:

  • Rick Renzi
  • Kenneth Kurson
  • Casey Urlacher
  • Carl Andrews Boggs
  • Dr Scott Harkonen
  • Johnny D. Phillips, Jr
  • Dr Mahmoud Reza Banki
  • James E. Johnson, Jr
  • Tommaso Buti
  • Glen Moss
  • Aviem Sella
  • George Gilmore
  • Desiree Perez
  • Robert “Bob” Zangrillo
  • Brian McSwain
  • John Nystrom
  • Scott Conor Crosby
  • Lynn Barney
  • Joshua J. Smith
  • John Duncan Fordham
  • Amy Povah
  • Dr Frederick Nahas
  • David Tamman
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  • Dr Faustino Bernadett
  • Paul Erickson
  • Gregory Jorgensen, Deborah Jorgensen, Martin Jorgensen (posthumous)
  • Todd Farha, Thaddeus Bereday, William Kale, Paul Behrens, Peter Clay
  • Patrick Lee Swisher
  • Robert Sherrill
  • Dr Robert S. Corkern
  • David Lamar Clanton
  • Randall “Duke” Cunningham – conditional pardon
  • Stephen Odzer
  • Steven Benjamin Floyd
  • William “Ed” Henry
  • Joey Hancock
  • David E. Miller
  • James Austin Hayes
  • Drew Brownstein
  • Robert Bowker
  • Amir Khan
  • David Rowland
  • Jessica Frease
  • Robert Cannon “Robin” Hayes
  • Thomas Kenton “Ken” Ford
  • Michael Liberty
  • Greg Reyes
  • Ferrell Damon Scott
  • Jerry Donnell Walden
  • Jeffrey Alan Conway
  • Benedict Olberding
  • Syrita Steib-Martin
  • Michael Ashley
  • Lou Hobbs
  • Hillel Nahmad
  • Abel Holtz
  • Matthew Antoine Canady
  • Mario Claiborne
  • Rodney Nakia Gibson
  • Tom Leroy Whitehurst
  • Monstsho Eugene Vernon
  • Luis Fernando Sicard
  • DeWayne Phelps
  • Isaac Nelson
  • Traie Tavares Kelly
  • Javier Gonzales
  • Douglas Jemal
  • Eric Wesley Patton
  • Robert William Cawthon
  • Hal Knudson Mergler
  • Gary Evan Hendler
  • John Harold Wall
  • Steven Samuel Grantham
  • Clarence Olin Freeman
  • Fred Keith Alford
  • John Knock
  • Kenneth Charles Fragoso
  • Luis Gonzalez
  • Anthony DeJohn
  • Corvain Cooper
  • Way Quoe Long
  • Michael Pelletier
  • Craig Cesal
  • John Estin Davis
  • Darrell Frazier
  • Lavonne Roach
  • Blanca Virgen
  • Robert Francis
  • Chalana McFarland
  • Brian Simmons
  • Jawad A. Musa
  • Derrick Smith
  • Jaime A. Davidson
  • Raymond Hersman
  • Kyle Kimoto
  • David Barren
  • James Romans
  • Jonathon Braun
  • Michael Harris
  • Tena Logan
  • April Coots
  • Alex Adjmi
  • Adriana Shayota
  • Caroline Yeats
  • Jodi Lynn Richter
  • Kristina Bohnenkamp
  • Mary Roberts
  • MaryAnne Locke
  • Cassandra Ann Kasowski
  • Lerna Lea Paulson
  • Noah Kleinman
  • Ann Butler
  • Sydney Navarro
  • Tara Perry
  • Jon Harder
  • Adrianne Miller
  • Fred “Dave” Clark
  • Eliyahu Weinstein
  • William Walters
  • Chris Young
  • James Brian Cruz
  • Salomon Melgen

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What is the difference between commutation and pardon?

Pardon means declaring someone free from guilt and letting them go; hence, they have the right to be treated as ordinary citizens. Meanwhile, commutation refers to changing the kind of punishment given to a guilty individual, to one that is less harsh. For instance, if one has been sentenced to the death penalty, they can be commuted to a life sentence.

Can a US president pardon himself?

According to the Pardon Clause of the constitution, the President of the United States may grant a pardon for offences against the country, except in impeachment cases. This clause bars the president from pardoning anyone, including himself, who is a subject of impeachment. Therefore, the hypothetical question on if Trump can pardon himself effectively ended when the House of Representatives opened a discussion on his impeachment.

Are presidential pardons public records?

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Presidential grants are a matter of public record. Therefore, the names, districts, sentences, and dates of pardons are publicly listed on the Office of the Pardon Attorney website.

What are your thoughts about Trump's pardons list? Do you think some of the names qualify to be included?

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