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Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Donald Trump is expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations during his last week in office.

According to Fox News, the pardons will most likely be announced Tuesday, but there is a slight chance the White House will make them official Wednesday morning.

Trump has been announcing a number of pardons and commutations throughout his tenure in office. The final list of pardons was finalized on Sunday at the White House with his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The list reportedly includes white collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others. Dwayne Carter, known as Lil Wayne, is expected to be on the list, while former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is described as being “TBD,” Fox News has reported.

Lil Wayne pleaded guilty in 2020 in federal district court to illegally possessing a loaded, gold-plated .45-caliber handgun while traveling to Florida on a private jet in 2019. Small amounts of cocaine, ecstasy and oxycodone were also found in his bag, according to the U.S. attorney.

Also, Bannon was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering after being arrested for defrauding donors to the online fundraising campaign known as “We Build the Wall” that raised $25 million.

Trump can issue pardons up until noon on Inauguration Day.

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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