The question in this post is prompted by this Politico article headlined “Trump weighing a pardon for Steve Bannon.” The start of the article suggests that some actually were expected some action on the clemency front last night:
President Donald Trump is considering granting a pardon to Steve Bannon, his former White House chief strategist and top campaign aide, who was charged with swindling donors to a private crowdsourcing effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The potential pardon would follow a wave of reprieves the president has recently granted to political allies who have been convicted, charged or reportedly under federal investigation. Two additional batches of pardons are expected — one on Friday night and one Wednesday morning before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office, according to one of the people.
I have been wondering in recent days about how the Capitol riot and Prez Trump’s second impeachment might be impacting his clemency plans (and they advice he may be getting from his remaining advisors). Ultimately, I have given up making Trumpian predictions, but these recent articles reveal we can readily predict that Prez Trump will keep recieving clemency requests:
From The Daily Beast, “‘QAnon Shaman’ Seeks Trump Pardon for Riot, Says President Invited Him“
A few recent related posts:
- Gearing up for Prez Trump’s coming final round of clemency grants
- Rounding up some notable recent criminal justice commentary
- Noticing the many regular forgotten folk so far left behind in Prez Trump’s clemency capers
- Lots of (surprising and unsurprising) clemency chatter … and great advocacy for clemency change
- A challenge for those troubled by Trump’s final month clemencies: identify dozens, hundreds of comparable cases for Biden’s first month