Donald Trump Granted More Than 140 Clemencies on His Last Day in Office
In his final days as president, Donald Trump granted pardons to 73 people and commuted the criminal sentences of 70 more.
The White House’s Press Secretary released an official statement earlier today regarding Executive Grants of Clemency on over 140 individuals. According to the Washington Post, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner were among other aides who helped create the long list on Jan. 17.
Just last month, the former President granted 46 pardons and commutations.
Many of the people on the list who were granted pardons and commutations received life sentences for illegal possession of drugs and firearms, money laundering, and other forms of financial fraud. Famous names like Bill K. Kapri, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., and Representative Rick Renzi are on the list.
Bill K. Kapri, also known as the rapper Kodak Black, was granted a commutation after serving half of his sentence. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison for a false statement on a federal document.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as the rapper Lil Wayne, was convicted for possession of a firearm and ammunition.
“President Trump granted a full pardon to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as “Lil Wayne,” the official statement said. “Mr. Carter pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, owing to a conviction over ten years ago.”
A representative of Arizona, Rick Renzi, served three terms in the House of Representatives. The former President, Donald Trump, granted him a full pardon.
“In 2013, Mr. Renzi was convicted of extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering, and racketeering, the statement said. “He was sentenced to 2 years in Federal prison, 2 years of supervised release, and paid a $25,000 fine.
According to the United States Department of Justice, 11,611 petitions for pardon and commutation were submitted during Donald Trump’s term.
The recent list of clemencies also included individuals who are known as friends or allies of Donald Trump. Trump has moved slowly through the list of submitted petitions and instead granted pardon to individuals who haven’t filed petitions.
Names not included on the list, but were highly anticipated in recent weeks, were WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.