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Lil Wayne to Receive Pardon from Donald Trump Before He Leaves Office

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Lil Wayne may be one of the lucky ones that are reportedly expected to receive a pardon or clemency from Donald Trump during his last full day in office on Tuesday.

According to sources, neither the president himself, nor Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, or former aide Steve Bannon would be on the list, which may number up to 100. Neither would members of Trump’s family get pre-emptive pardons, reports suggested.

While the legality of a presidential self-pardon remains untested, aides have cautioned Donald Trump that pardoning himself and members of his family may imply guilt that becomes a liability in the future state or civil lawsuits.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Lil Wayne could be among those who could be pardoned by the president after he pleaded guilty last month to possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun when his chartered jet landed in Miami in December 2019. He faces up to 10 years in prison at a 28 January hearing in Miami.

One of the reasons why Wayne may be in luck for a pardon is because the rapper had appeared to support Trump during last year’s presidential campaign when he tweeted a photo of himself with the president and said he backed Trump’s criminal justice reform programme and economic plan for African Americans.

New York Times on Tuesday morning reported that the list of new pardons or acts of clemency “includes the names of people who have been serving life sentences for drug or fraud charges and who for years have been seeking clemency”.

The paper said the White House was keen to blunt criticism for Trump’s handing of pardons to allies and cronies, reporting: “Tuesday’s group includes non-violent offenders whose names have been percolating for years among advocates who believe their punishments never fit their crimes and whose cases underscore the broken nature of the country’s criminal justice system.”

Lil Wayne may be pardoned for his 2019 crime

The Times also reported that the list of pardons and commutations was expected to include the former New York assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, 76, who was convicted of corruption charges in 2015 and was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, including a $1m fine.

Apart from Silver, those under consideration for a pardon include Sholam Weiss, who was sentenced to 835 years in prison in 2000 for crimes including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. It is frequently described as the longest sentence imposed in the US for a “white collar” crime.

Bannon, 67, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he defrauded donors to “We Build the Wall”, an online fundraising campaign that raised $25m, was not expected to be on the list. Neither was Giuliani.

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, another name frequently mentioned in connection to a possible Trump pardon, was also not expected to be on the list.

The list of pardons was prepared over the weekend in a series of meetings involving the White House counsel, Pat A Cipollone, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. So, if all goes well, Wayne might find himself among the lucky ones that get pardoned for his crime.

Donald Trump is expected to issue more than 100 pardons and commutations on his last full day in office. Two sources familiar with the discussions, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump appeared to have been dissuaded from pardoning himself or members of his family.

Source: The Guardian

 

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Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spurzine. He is passionate about tech, and games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.

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