Trump to pardon Steve Bannon, reversing course hours before presidency ends: reports

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to pardon his former strategist and far-right figurehead Steve Bannon, according to multiple reports.

The decision, reported by CNN, Bloomberg and Reuters Tuesday night, came after earlier reports that Trump had been talked out of pardoning Bannon by his aides. Yet even those reports admitted the question was still open throughout the day, with Trump continuing to bring up the possibility.

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Bannon — who founded the right-wing news website Breitbart and was the chief architect of Trump’s Muslim travel ban in 2017 — was charged in August 2020 with duping thousands of investors who believed their money would be used to fulfil Trump’s chief campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border.

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Instead, Bannon is charged with diverting over a million dollars, paying a salary to one campaign official and personal expenses for himself. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Bannon left the White House seven months into Trump’s term, and has remained a loyal supporter despite Trump’s occasional insults towards him.

Trump was expected to issue over 100 pardons on his final day of office, but the official list has not yet been released by the White House as of Tuesday night.

More to come…

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