Trump pardons dozens, including Steve Bannon, as he exits White House

President Donald Trump handed out dozens of pardons and commutations late Tuesday and exercised his authority as president one last time on his last full day in office.

The move comes after Trump was indicted for the second time by the House of Representatives and is facing trial against the Senate in the coming weeks. It also comes after an intense internal debate about who deserves relief and a loud lobbying campaign by Trump allies and lawyers for potential pardons.

The wave of grace grants includes Steve Bannon, right-wing arsonist and former White House strategist from Trump who was tried for fraudulent donations to a private group that raised money to build border walls, as well as the GOP donor and the Trump’s inaugural organizer Elliott Broidy, who awaited conviction after pleading guilty in October of violating foreign lobbying laws on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.

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