President Donald Trump Issues Final Wave of Pardons

In one of his final acts as president, Donald Trump has pardoned more than 70 people.

In the early hours of Wednesday (January 20), the final day of his four-year presidential term, Trump announced 73 pardons and 70 commutations, according to CNN.

The list of pardons includes regular people who have spent years languishing in prison, as well as politically-connected friends and celebrities such as Lil Wayne, Kodak Black and, in one of the most controversial pardons, disgraced former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

Tiger King star Joe Exotic, who reportedly anticipated a pardon from the outgoing president, was not included on the list.

Trump has until noon Wednesday to issue any lingering last-minute pardons.

“Tuesday’s group includes non-violent offenders whose names have been percolating for years among advocates who believe their punishments never fit their crimes and whose cases underscore the broken nature of the country’s criminal justice system,” reported the New York Times a day earlier.

According to CNN, Trump held a meeting on Sunday with the White House counsel—Pat Cipollone, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner—to review candidates for his final pardons.

Rapper Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun in his jet in

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