August 18, 2022

Report: Trump considering pardon for former confidant Steve Bannon

As President Donald Trump enters his final days in his single-term presidency, the nation — and the world — waits to see what final moves he might make as he leaves office.

According to The Blaze, Trump is potentially considering a pardon for his former inner-circle confidant, Steve Bannon, who found himself in legal trouble after allegedly misusing funds from a private, “We Build The Wall” campaign in which he and several others solicited donations to help crowdsource funds to build a section of wall on the southern U.S. border. 

Bannon — along with three others involved in the scheme — was arrested last August after raising more than $25 million for the effort, which prosecutors say acted as somewhat of a personal bank account for those involved.

He was charged by a federal grand jury in New York with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, a charge to which he pleaded not guilty.

As Politico reported on Thursday, those familiar with the situation suggested that the president might include Bannon as part of a package of other potentially controversial pardons in the days before he departs the White House for good.

The news comes as reports emerged over the past few months that Trump was once again talking with Bannon with concern to how best to overturn the results of the 2020 election, years after firing the former Breitbart chief. At the time of the firing, Trump ripped Bannon publicly, claiming that he had “lost his mind.”

The president has already issued a number of pardons in the weeks after taking a loss in the November election. Some of those pardons included one for Roger Stone, former lawmakers and a handful of people who were convicted as a result of the 2016 investigation led by Robert Mueller concerning the Russia probe.

Aside from potentially offering Bannon a pardon, Trump is also reportedly considering issuing preemptive pardons for several members of his family and some of his closest associates, like Rudy Giuliani. There has also been recent speculation that he’s considering a pardon for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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