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President Donald trump He is believed to be preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his last full day in office.

The White House held a meeting Sunday to finalize the list of pardons, which includes white-collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others but, as of now, is not expected to include Trump himself, two sources said.

Trump, who had been implementing pardons and commutations at a steady pace before Christmas, had put them on hiatus in the days leading up to and directly after the Jan.6 riots in the U.S. Capitol, according to officials.

Donald Trump becomes the third president of the United States to be indicted while addressing a Republican rally in Michigan.
Donald Trump is believed to be ready to issue around 100 pardons. (AP)

Aides said Trump was singularly focused on the Electoral College recount in the days leading up to it, preventing him from making final decisions on pardons.

White House officials had expected them to resume after Jan.6, but Trump withdrew after he was blamed for inciting riots.

Initially, two major batches were ready to roll out, one at the end of last week and one on Tuesday.

Now officials expect the latest batch to be the only one, unless Trump decides at the last minute to grant pardons to controversial allies, members of his family or himself.

The acting president was apparently ready to issue pardons before being blamed for the disturbances on Capitol Hill. (AP)

The latest batch of clemency actions are expected to include a combination of pardons aimed at criminal justice reform and more controversial pardons obtained or distributed to political allies.

The pardons are one of several items Trump must complete before his presidency ends in days.

White House officials also have executive orders in place, and the president still hopes to declassify information related to the Russia investigation before leaving office.

But with fewer and fewer administration officials still holding jobs, the likelihood of something being done seemed to be decreasing.

The January 6 riots that led to Trump’s second impeachment trial They have complicated his desire to forgive himself, his children, and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

At this point, attendees don’t believe he will, but the caution is that only Trump knows what he will do with his last presidential power before he officially leaves office at noon on January 20.

After the riots, advisers encouraged Trump to give up a pardon car because it would appear he was guilty of something, according to a person familiar with the conversations.

Several of Trump’s closest advisers have also urged him not to grant clemency to anyone involved in the siege of the U.S. Capitol, despite Trump’s initial stance that those involved had done nothing wrong.

“There are many people who are urging the president to forgive the people” involved in the insurrection, Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, said on Fox News on Sunday.

“Asking for the forgiveness of these people would be wrong.”

A White House official said the paperwork for the auto pardon had not yet been drawn up.

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Still, Trump is expected to leave the White House on January 20 and could grant pardons until noon on inauguration day.

Other names that attract attention, such as Julian AssangeThey are also not believed to be among those who receive pardons, but the list is still fluid and that could change too.

It’s also not certain whether former Trump adviser Steve Bannon will receive a pardon.

Trump still receives multiple streams of clemency recommendations from advisers who remain in the White House, as well as from people outside the building who have been lobbying for months for themselves or their clients.

The expectation among the allies is that Trump will issue pardons that he could benefit from after the presidency.

It is not yet known whether Trump will pardon White House strategist Steve Bannon. (AP)

“Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because they are one-sided. And he likes to do favors for people he thinks they owe him,” said a source familiar with the matter.

Inside the White House, there has been a struggle to request pardons on behalf of allies and advocacy groups, and names could be added and removed until the last minute, sources say.

CNN previously reported that there was a flood of requests for forgiveness during Trump’s final days in office from allies, lobbyists and others who hoped to cash in on his loyalty to Trump.

The New York Times reported Sunday that some of those people were being paid tens of thousands of dollars to lobby on behalf of criminals who were awaiting pardons.


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