Departing U.S. president Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned 73 allies and personalities in his last hours in office, including former chief strategist Steve Bannon and Elliott Broidy, one of the top fundraisers of his 2016 campaign.
Trump also commuted sentences of 70 other individuals, including business executives and politicians ensnarled in corruption cases or nonviolent drug offenders.
Three former Republican congressmen were among those pardoned, and Trump commuted the sentence of a former Democratic mayor convicted of corruption.
The list of pardons and commutations included rapper Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty last month on a federal gun charge, and Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer who pleaded guilty for trade secret theft. His pardon was backed by technology investor Peter Thiel, among others.
Bannon, a key operator of the 2016 Trump election campaign, had been charged with misusing some of the money he raised to support the building of a border wall on the Mexican border. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
What’s Next: The list published near midnight on Tuesday night didn’t include members of the Trump family or Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, contrary to rumors that such decisions had been contemplated in the last weeks.
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