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Trump grants clemency to 143 people before leaving office

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Before leaving office, President Donald Trump grants clemency to 143 people, including former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Just before 1 a.m. ET Wednesday, President Trump granted pardons to 73 people and commuted sentences for 70 others. The list ranges from Trump allies to celebrities to non-violent drug offenders.

One of Trump’s top fundraisers, Elliot Broidy, is receiving a full pardon after pleading guilty to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws.

Further, Trump extended pardons to three former Republican congressmen: former representatives Rick Renzi, Robert Hayes and Duke Cunningham and commutated the sentence of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving time on corruption charges.

Aviem Sella, an Israeli air force officer who the U.S. accused of being a spy,
Bob Zangrillo, the Miami developer and venture capitalist charged in the Varsity Blues college admission scandal and Robert Hayes, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to lying to the F.B.I, also received pardons.

Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, both convicted of weapon charges, were also included on the list.

Missing from the list were WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, NSA leaker Edward Snowden and Tiger King star Joe Exotic — whose supporters had pushed for pardons.

Trump has until noon on Wednesday to issue any final pardons before leaving office.

The clemency announcement came after Trump delivered a farewell message video on his last full day in office.

“I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism. I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices, because that’s what you elected me to do,” Trump said.

He extended his “best wishes” to the new administration.

“This week we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes and also want them to have luck, a very important word.”

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Don Lemon loses it on Senators Manchin, Sinema for holding up voting bill: ‘that’s bull***’

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CNN’s Don Lemon cursed out those “moderates” such as Senators Joe Manchin  (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) “who are blocking people’s access to the voting booth, they want to use Dr. King conveniently. They’re the biggest hypocrites on the planet.”

“If Sinema and Manchin really want to honor the legacy of Dr. King and all the people who fought for civil rights and voting rights in this country, what they would do is to carve out for voting rights with the filibuster” he continued.

“But for some reason they are stuck with these rules that are backwards…The filibuster has been used to block civil rights legislation forever and so we need to stop that. We evolved. Just because there is a rule doesn’t mean that that rule can’t change. The Constitution is amended. So it’s time to amend the rules. And fight and, and protect the most sacred right that we have as Americans, and that is the right to vote.”

Lemon then quotes Dr. Martin Luther King about a “white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice….who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.”

That sounds like the moderates, says Lemon, referring to Senators Manchin and Sinema. “And you’re supposed to be a Democrat who espouses to the ideals of Dr. King. That’s bull***t that’s B.S.”

 

 

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