Trump Plans Final Batch of Pardons for Tuesday (Dreamstime)
By Eric Mack | Sunday, 17 January 2021 09:55 PM
President Donald Trump's final full day in office might feature 100 pardons and commutations, but notably not one for himself, three sources told CNN on Sunday.
Clemency actions are common for outgoing presidents and Trump's will include white-collar criminals, high-profile rappers, and potentially political allies, per the report.
The final list of pardons, expected to be Trump's last batch, were finalized at a Sunday White House meeting, according to two sources.
Pardon-seekers reportedly are flooding presidential allies with upward of tens of thousands of dollars in lobbying efforts, The New York Times reported Sunday.
"Everything is a transaction," a source told CNN. "He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him."
The pardons are among the final White House manuevers, which include executive orders to fill out the administration's agenda and declassification of information, including those related to the Obama administration originated Russia investigation.
The CNN sources say aides do not believe Trump plans to pardon himself, lawyer Rudy Giuliani, or members of his family sought by politically motivated inquires and investigations.
Among the most high-profile candidates include WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.