Steve Banon received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump, the White House announced on Wednesday, confirming earlier media reports. Bannon, who was a key adviser in Trump’s 2016 presidential run, was charged last year with a case over defrauding the public in an effort to raise private funds to build the US-Mexico border wall, to which he pleaded not guilty. “President Donald J Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals,” the White House said in a statement. White House officials had advised the outgoing president against granting clemency to Bannon, US media reported. Trump and Bannon have lately rekindled their relationship as the president sought support for his unfounded claims of fraud in the November presidential election. Trump leaves office on Wednesday, when Joe Biden, a Democrat, is sworn in as the next US president. The Republican president, who will skip Biden’s inauguration, was not expected to pardon himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was at the forefront of Trump’s unsuccessful efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential vote. Watch video 06:33 Share Presidential pardons for political gain? Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink… Read full this story
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