Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters
Trump is expected to pardon Bannon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency action that appears to be still in flux in the last hours of his presidency. For instance, joining Cunningham on the pardon list was Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist. The pardon nullified the prosecution of Bannon while the trial was still months away, eliminating the prospect for any punishment for him. He pleaded guilty last fall to acting as an unregistered lobbyist and was awaiting sentencing at the time of his pardon. In the final minutes of his term, Trump pardoned Al Pirro, the ex-husband of Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro, in a tax evasion case.
US releases Detroit's disgraced former mayor from prison
FILE - In this June, 24, 2004 Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is shown in Detroit. President Donald Trump commuted the 28-year prison sentence of the disgraced former Detroit mayor, who was convicted on federal corruption charges and served about seven years. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, a Democrat and frequent Trump critic, welcomed the news of a commutation. This is a decision President Trump got right.”Kilpatrick’s first term as mayor was marred by accusations of misuse of city funds on personal extravagance. He resigned as mayor in 2008 before serving more than a year in jail and state prison.
Trump pardons Steve Bannon, Elliott Broidy, dozens of others, on last night in White House
President Donald Trump issued dozens of pardons on his last night in the White House, including one to his former campaign chief and ex-White House advisor, Steve Bannon, who was charged with swindling donors to a supposed effort to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump issued 73 pardons, including for Elliott Broidy, a major Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty last fall to acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and the rapper Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to a weapons charge last month. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court, following his arraignment hearing for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in New York, August 20, 2020. Andrew Kelly | ReutersAnother rapper, Kodak Black, who has been serving a three-year prison term for weapons-related charges, had his sentence commuted as well. Bannon, former head of the conservative news site Breitbart, was arrested last year with several co-defendants on federal charges in New York but had yet to stand trial.cnbc.com
Allies: Ex-Detroit mayor to be released from prison early
FILE - In this March 11, 2013, file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves federal court after being convicted in Detroit, of corruption charges. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons declined to comment about Kilpatrick, saying only that he remains in custody at the prison in Oakdale, La. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider in Detroit said he wasn't aware of any plans to release Kilpatrick. Payton said he and other Kilpatrick allies hope President Donald Trump formally reduces the sentence to time served. Kilpatrick has served only a quarter of his 28-year prison sentence.