Trump plans to issue 100 pardons and commutations on his final day in office
- President Donald Trump plans to pardon or commute the sentences of 100 people on his last day in the White House, CNN reported.
- The list was drawn up during a Sunday meeting between Trump, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and other aides, and will likely be made public on Monday or Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.
- Some allies believes Trump expects to benefit from many of those pardons and commutations after the presidency, CNN reported, citing a source: "He likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him."
- The list of pardons and commutations could include Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor convicted for healthcare fraud, and the rapper Lil Wayne.
- The list is not expected to include himself, CNN said, though the president has been considering pardoning himself and his family.
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President Donald Trump plans to pardon or commute as many as 100 people on his final full day in office, CNN reported.
A list of names was drawn up by Trump on Sunday during a meeting with Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and a number of other aides, The Washington Post reported. The decisions are expected to be announced on Monday or Tuesday, The Post reported.
However, a pardon may not come cheap.
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that an assistant to Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, told an ex-CIA officer that a pardon would "cost $2 million." Giuliani told The Times he doesn't recall the meeting.
Trump has discussed a pardon for Giuliani with advisors, The Times reported in early December.
Though the identities of the 100 people are still unknown, CNN reported that Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor from Florida who is currently in jail after being found guilty of healthcare fraud, is expected to be one of those granted clemency.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior advisor Stephen Miller, director of personnel John McEntee, and social media director Dan Scavino, were also being considered, the outlet said.For weeks, it has been rumored that Trump was considering a pardon for himself and his immediate family, but a source told Reuters that president was not planning to as of Sunday.Neither Trump, his family members, nor his top aides have been charged with a crime, but it is possible for a president to issue preemptive pardons.
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