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United States President, Donald Trump, has pardoned former political strategist and ally Steve Bannon and 72 other people, the White House has announced.

Recall that Bannon had being charged with defrauding people over funds raised to build the Mexico border wall that was a flagship Trump policy.

“President Donald J. Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals,” the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to Nigeria News,  the president — who will leave office on Wednesday — made his last-minute decision after speaking to Bannon by phone.

The pardon would effectively wipe away charges against Bannon, if he was convicted, it said.

The batch of 73 pardons and 70 commutations issued in the final hours of his presidency was expected and is in keeping with a long-standing presidential tradition of exercising clemency powers at the last minute.

The vast majority of the pardons and commutations on Trump’s list were doled out to individuals whose cases have been championed by criminal justice reform advocates, including people serving lengthy sentences for low-level offenses.

But several controversial names do appear, including Steve Bannon, who has pleaded not guilty to charges he defrauded donors in a “We Build the Wall” online fundraising campaign. T

During his final hours in office there was a frantic debate underway behind the scenes on whether to grant Bannon a pardon, CNN reports

One concern was Bannon’s possible connection to the January 6 riot of Trump supporters at the US Capitol, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Over the course of Tuesday, Trump continued to contemplate pardons that aides believed were settled, including for his former strategist. The President continued to go back and forth on it into Tuesday night, sources told CNN.

Other names included Tuesday were Elliott Broidy, a former top fundraiser for Trump’s campaign who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy relating to a secret lobbying campaign to influence the Trump administration on behalf of a foreign billionaire in exchange for millions of dollars.

The rapper Lil Wayne received a pardon after pleading guilty to a gun possession charge in Miami. Another rapper, Kodak Black, received a commutation after he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge.

Trump also offered clemency to Paul Erickson, the conservative political operative and ex-boyfiend of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges; Robin Hayes, a North Carolina political donor convicted of trying to bribe officials; Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, convinced of federal charges including racketeering, extortion and the filing of false tax returns; William Walters, a professional sports gambler convicted of insider trading; and Aviem Sella, an Israeli air force officer who the US accused of being a spy.

Bob Zangrillo, the Miami developer and venture capitalist charged in the Varsity Blues college admission scandal, also received a pardon. None of the other parents caught up in the probe were pardoned.

See The List of People Pardoned By Trump

  1. Todd Boulanger
  2. Abel Holtz
  3. Representative Rick Renzi
  4. Kenneth Kurson
  5. Casey Urlacher
  6. Carl Andrews Boggs
  7. Jaime A. Davidson
  8. James E. Johnson, Jr.
  9. Tommaso Buti
  10. Bill K. Kapri
  11. Jawad A. Musa
  12. Adriana Shayota
  13. Glen Moss
  14. Anthony Levandowski
  15. Aviem Sella
  16. Michael Liberty
  17. Greg Reyes
  18. Ferrell Damon Scott
  19. Jerry Donnell Walden
  20. Jeffrey Alan Conway
  21. Benedict Olberding
  22. Syrita Steib-Martin
  23. Lou Hobbs
  24. Matthew Antoine Canady
  25. Mario Claiborne
  26. Rodney Nakia Gibson
  27. Tom Leroy Whitehurst
  28. Monstsho Eugene Vernon
  29. Luis Fernando Sicard
  30. DeWayne Phelps
  31. Isaac Nelson
  32. Traie Tavares Kelly
  33. Javier Gonzales
  34. Eric Wesley Patton
  35. Robert William Cawthon
  36. Hal Knudson Mergler
  37. Gary Evan Hendler
  38. John Harold Wall
  39. Steven Samuel Grantham
  40. Clarence Olin Freeman
  41. Fred Keith Alford
  42. John Knock
  43. Kenneth Charles Fragoso
  44. Luis Gonzalez
  45. Anthony DeJohn
  46. Corvain Cooper
  47. Way Quoe Long
  48. Michael Pelletier
  49. Craig Cesal
  50. Darrell Frazier
  51. Lavonne Roach
  52. Blanca Virgen
  53. Robert Francis
  54. Brian Simmons
  55. Derrick Smith
  56. Raymond Hersman
  57. David Barren
  58. James Romans
  59. Jonathon Braun
  60. Michael Harris
  61. Kyle Kimoto
  62. Chalana McFarland
  63. Eliyahu Weinstein
  64. John Estin Davis
  65. Alex Adjmi
  66. Elliott Broidy
  67. Stephen K. Bannon
  68. Douglas Jemal
  69. Noah Kleinman
  70. Dr. Scott Harkonen
  71. Johnny D. Phillips, Jr
  72. Dr. Mahmoud Reza Banki
  73. Tena Logan
  74. MaryAnne Locke
  75. April Coots
  76. Caroline Yeats
  77. Jodi Lynn Richter
  78. Kristina Bohnenkamp
  79. Mary Roberts
  80. Cassandra Ann Kasowski
  81. Lerna Lea Paulson
  82. Ann Butler
  83. Sydney Navarro
  84. Tara Perry
  85. John Nystrom
  86. Gregory Jorgensen, Deborah Jorgensen, Martin Jorgensen
  87. Jessica Frease
  88. Robert Cannon “Robin” Hayes
  89. Thomas Kenton “Ken” Ford
  90. Jon Harder
  91. Scott Conor Crosby
  92. Chris Young
  93. Adrianne Miller
  94. Lynn Barney
  95. Joshua J. Smith
  96. Amy Povah
  97. Dr. Frederick Nahas
  98. David Tamman
  99. Dr. Faustino Bernadett
  100. Paul Erickson
  101. Kwame Kilpatrick
  102. Fred “Dave” Clark
  103. Todd Farha, Thaddeus Bereday, William Kale, Paul Behrens, Peter Clay
  104. David Rowland
  105. Randall “Duke” Cunningham
  106. William Walters
  107. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
  108. Stephen Odzer
  109. James Brian Cruz
  110. Joey Hancock
  111. David E. Miller
  112. James Austin Hayes
  113. Drew Brownstein
  114. Robert Bowker
  115. Amir Khan
  116. Shalom Weiss
  117. Salomon Melgen
  118. Patrick Lee Swisher
  119. Robert Sherrill
  120. Dr. Robert S. Corkern
  121. David Lamar Clanton
  122. George Gilmore
  123. Desiree Perez
  124. Robert “Bob” Zangrillo
  125. Hillel Nahmad
  126. Brian McSwain
  127. John Duncan Fordham
  128. William “Ed” Henry