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Trump Issues Pardons, Commutations for 143 Before Leaving Office

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January 20, 2021

In his final hours as President of the United States Trump issued pardons for 70 people, including former White House adviser Steve Bannon as well as issued 74 sentence commutations. Other pardon recipients include rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, was among the 74 people to have their prison sentence commuted.

Fox News reports:

Bannon is awaiting trial after allegedly defrauding Trump-supporting donors in a fundraising project called “We Build the Wall” related to the border wall.

“Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen,” the White House said in the statement.

Both rappers, whose real names are Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (Lil Wayne) and Bill Kapri (Kodak Black), have both been convicted on weapons-related charges.

“Mr. Carter pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, owing to a conviction over 10 years ago,” the White House said. “Deion Sanders, who…wrote in support of this pardon, calls Mr. Wayne ‘a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.'”

Trump did not issue a preemptive pardon to himself or any of his children as some has speculated he might.


Read the entire list of pardons and commutations HERE.

Last evening, President Trump – as one of his final acts as President of the United States – issued 73 pardons and 70 commutations.

Notably, some in the media speculated Trump would “preemptively” issue pardons to members of his family and former NYC Mayor and Trump legal counsel Rudy Giuliani. He did not issue pardons to them nor did he issue them to Edward Snowden or Julian Assange despite intense social media pressure from notable Trump supporters.

The most notable pardons & commutations:


Steve Bannon – The former Trump Advisor was granted a full pardon. According to the White House, Mr. Bannon, “Mr. Bannon with charges related to fraud stemming from his involvement in a political project. Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen.”

Representative Rick Renzi –In 2013, Mr. Renzi was convicted of extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering, and racketeering. He was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison, 2 years of supervised release, and paid a $25,000 fine. Before his conviction, Mr. Renzi served three terms in the House of Representatives. His constituents considered him a strong advocate for better housing, quality education, and improved healthcare—especially for the underprivileged and Native Americans. (White House)

Elliot Broidy- The former Deputy National Finance Chair of the Republican National Committee who was convicted on one count of conspiracy to serve as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal. 

Dr. Scott Harkonen- “Convicted of fraud based on a misleading caption in a press release with respect to a treatment for a disease. Dr. Harkonen is world-renowned for his discovery of a new kidney disease, as well as its cause and treatment. Dr. Harkonen looks forward to returning to medicine.” (White House)  

Former Congressman Robert Cannon “Robin” Hayes- The “former North Carolina Congressman is serving a 1-year term of probation for making a false statement in the course of a Federal investigation. In addition to his years in Congress, Mr. Hayes has served as Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and Chair of the National Council of Republican Party Chairs.” (White House)

Paul Erickson- “Mr. Erickson’s conviction was based off the Russian collusion hoax. After finding no grounds to charge him with any crimes with respect to connections with Russia, he was charged with a minor financial crime. Although the Department of Justice sought a lesser sentence, Mr. Erickson was sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment—nearly double the Department of Justice’s recommended maximum sentence. This pardon helps right the wrongs of what has been revealed to be perhaps the greatest witch hunt in American History.” (White House)

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – “This commutation is strongly supported by prominent members of the Detroit community, Alveda King, Alice Johnson, Diamond and Silk, Pastor Paula White, Peter Karmanos, Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo of the Michigan House of Representatives, Representative Karen Whitsett of the Michigan House of Representatives, and more than 30 faith leaders. Mr. Kilpatrick has served approximately 7 years in prison for his role in a racketeering and bribery scheme while he held public office. During his incarceration, Mr. Kilpatrick has taught public speaking classes and has led Bible Study groups with his fellow inmates.” (White House) 

Randall “Duke” Cunningham – “President Trump granted a conditional pardon to Randall “Duke” Cunningham who was released from prison in 2013. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich strongly supports this pardon. Mr. Cunningham, a former California Congressman, was sentenced to over 8 years’ imprisonment for accepting bribes while he held public office. During his time in prison, Mr. Cunningham tutored other inmates to help them achieve their GED. Mr. Cunningham is a combat veteran, an ace fighter pilot, and a member of the Military Order of Purple Hearts. Although combat-disabled, he continues to serve his community by volunteering with a local fire department and is active in Bible Study.” ((White House)

William Walters- The famed professional sports gambler was convicted of insider trading and sentenced to 5 years in prison. “Since his conviction, Mr. Walters has served nearly 4 years of his prison sentence and has paid $44 million in fines, forfeitures, and restitution. In addition to his established reputation in the sports and gaming industry, Mr. Walters is well known for his philanthropic efforts and was previously named Las Vegas’ Philanthropist of the Year.”

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (Rapper Lil’ Wayne) – “Mr. Carter pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, owing to a conviction over 10 years ago.  Brett Berish of Sovereign Brands, who supports a pardon for Mr. Carter, describes him as “trustworthy, kind-hearted and generous.”  Mr. Carter has exhibited this generosity through a commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks.  Deion Sanders, who also wrote in support of this pardon, calls Mr. Wayne “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.”

Bill K. Kapri (Rapper Kodak Black) – “Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison for making a false statement on a Federal document. He has served nearly half of his sentence. Before his conviction and after reaching success as a recording artist, Kodak Black became deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. In fact, he has committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts, such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged. In addition to these efforts, he has paid for the notebooks of school children, provided funding and supplies to daycare centers, provided food for the hungry, and annually provides for underprivileged children during Christmas. Most recently while still incarcerated, Kodak Black donated $50,000 to David Portnoy’s Barstool Fund, which provides funds to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kodak Black’s only request was that his donation go toward restaurants in his hometown.”

Other Pardons:  

Abel Holtz

Todd Boulanger


Kenneth Kurson

Casey Urlacher

Cal Andrew Boggs

James E. Johnson Jr

Tommaso Buti

Glen Moss

Anthony Levandowski

Aviem Sella

Michael Liberty

Greg Reyes

Jeffrey Alan Conway

Benedict Olberding

Syrita Steib Martin

Eric Wesley Patton

Robert William Cawthon

Hal Knudson Mergler

Gary Evan Hendler

John Harold Wall

Steven Grantham

Clarence Olin Freeman

Fred Keith Alford

Alex Adjmi

Douglas Jemal

Noah Kleinman

Johnny D. Phillips Jr.

Dr. Mahmoud Reza Banki

John Nystrom

Gregory Jorgenson

Debora Jorgenson

Martin Jorgenson

Jessica Frease

Thomas Kenton “Ken” Ford

Scott Conor Crosby

Joshua J. Smith

Amy Povah

Dr. Frederick Nahas

David Tamman

Dr. Faustino Bernadett

Paul Erickson

Fred “Dave” Clark

Todd Farha,

Thaddeus Bereday,

William Kale,

Paul Behrens,

Peter Clay

David Rowland

Stephen Odzer (conditional)

Steven Benjamin Floyd

Joey Hancock

David E. Miller

James Austin Hayes

Drew Brownstein

Robert Bowker

Amir Khan

Patrick Lee Swisher

Robert Sherrill

Dr. Robert S. Corkern

David Lamar Clanton

George Gilmore

Desiree Perez

Robert “Bob” Zangrillo

Hillel Nahmad

Brian McSwain

John Duncan Fordham

William “Ed” Henry

Other Commutations:

Jamie A. Davidson

Jawad A. Musa

Adriana Shayota

Ferrel Damon Scott

Jerry Donnell Walden

Michael Ashley

Lou Hobbs

Michael Antoine Canady

Mario Claiborne

Rodney Nakia Gibson

Tom Leroy Whitehurst

Monstho Eugene Vernon

Luis Fernando Sicard

DeWayne Phelps

Isaac Nelson

Traie Tavares Kelly

John  Knock

Kenneth Charles Gragoso

Luis Gonzalez

Anthony DeJohn

Corvain Cooper

Way Quoe Long

Michael Pelletier

Craig Cesal

Lavonne Roach

Blanca Francis

Brian Simmons

Derrick Smith

Raymond Hersman

David Barren

James Romans

Jonathon Braun

Michael Harris

Kyle Kimoto

Chalana McFarland

Eliyahu Weinstein

John Estin Davis

Noah Kleinman

Tena Logan

MaryAnne Locke

April Coots

Caroline Yeats

Jodi Lynn Richter

Kristine Bohnenkamp

Mary Roberts

Cassandra Ann Kasowski

Lerna Lea Paulson

Ann Butler

Sydney Navarro

Tara Perry

Jon Harder

Chris Young

Adrianne Miller

Fred “Dave” Clark

James Brian Cruz

Shalom Weiss

Salomon Melgen

Jeff Cheney,

Marquis Dargon

Jennings Gilbert

Dwayne L. Harrison

Reginald Dinez Johnson

Sharon King

Hector Madrigal, Sr.