Kwame Kilpatrick
**FILE** Kwame Kilpatrick (Dave Hogg via Wikimedia Commons)

President Donald Trump pardoned or commuted the prison sentences of more than 140 people during his final hours in office, including his former campaign chief Steve Bannon, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and rapper Lil Wayne.

Bannon, 67, the former executive chairman of conservative website Breitbart News, was issued a full pardon after his arrest in August for defrauding donors in an online fundraising campaign to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He had pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, both of which carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Trump also commuted the jail sentence of Kilpatrick who has been serving time on federal charges including racketeering, extortion and the filing of false tax returns.

Kilpatrick, 50, was sentenced in prison in 2013 to 28 years with a scheduled release date of Jan. 18, 2037, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Trump issued clemency to other well-known celebrities and nonviolent drug offenders, including rappers Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge in Miami, and Kodak Black, who pleaded guilty to a weapons charge.

As for extending pardons to himself, family and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol, that remains unknown, though reports state that Trump could have signed preemptive pardons but has the right to remain mum unless those names are brought up in connection with criminal charges.

Click here for a full list of Trump’s grants of clemency.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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