Even as President Donald Trump approaches his final days in the White House, he continues to make leaps and strides in cementing his legacy.
As part of his expected last-minute moves at the helm of the executive branch, some sources say Trump is poised to announce dozens of criminal pardons.
Personal allies and celebrities possibly included
According to Fox News, anticipation continues to build in the wake of reported conversations within the White House regarding which names will be included in as many as 100 pardons likely to be announced before he leaves office on Wednesday.
The announcements were expected to come on Tuesday, his last full day as president, but had not been confirmed as of this writing.
One potential pardon recipient is Steve Bannon, who worked on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign before serving for a short time on Trump’s White House staff. He has been charged with allegedly defrauding donors as part of his “We Build the Wall” fund.
Another prominent name included in the speculation is rapper Lil Wayne, who faces federal gun charges.
Any future pardons would appear to be in keeping with prior announces, which have benefited a colorful and varied cast of characters. Past recipients of Trump pardons include his son-in-law’s father, Charles Kushner, and former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Prominent names not expected to be on the list
Trump has also used the power of the pardon to settle scores related to the FBI investigation into claims of Russian collusion in his first White House bid.
Among those caught up in what he often refers to as a “witch hunt” before ultimately receiving a pardon are Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn.
In furtherance of his efforts to reform the criminal justice system, the president could potentially include nonviolent drug offenders in his final batch of pardons. Two controversial figures being closely watched are Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, both of whom have received both praise and vilification for releasing classified government information.
The president is not expected to pardon himself, his immediate family, or those facing charges related to the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Also likely missing from the list is Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and friend with whom he had a public falling out.
Trump is scheduled to leave office on Wednesday morning following a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.