Trump pardons 143 before leaving office

Kennedy Mayo, Senior Staff Writer

In President Trump’s final 24 hours in office, he decided to pardon 143 people. He pardoned 74 people and shortened the other 70’s sentences.

Some of the more notable names of the 143 pardoned are Dwanye Micheal Carter Jr. “Lil Wayne”, Bill K. Kapri “Kodak Black,” and Steve Bannon. “Lil Wayne” and “Kodak Black” are very well known in the music industry, and Steven Bannon is his former chief strategist. 

Lil Wayne was granted a pardoned because “he pleaded guilty in December to a federal weapons charge after he carried a handgun from California to Florida on his private jet. Due to past felony convictions, he is barred under federal law from possessing firearms. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years,” said MSNBC writers Yuliya Talmazan, Rachel Elbaum, and Sara Mhaidli.

Another reason why he was pardoned was that he supported Trump throughout his presidency and his campaign. 

“Kodak Black” was sentenced to 46 months in prison after he bought four firearms with false information. There is no evidence of him showing any type of support for Trump, but he also received a pardon. 

One of Trump’s finals acts as president was deciding to pardon Steve Bannon. Bannon served as White House chief strategist for the first seven months of Trump’s term. Bannon was granted a pardon even though there were concerns that he was connected to the Capitol Riot on January 6.

The last two celebrities that were on Trump’s pardon radar were Micheal “Harry-O” Harris and Albert Pirro. Harris was known for singing rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. He nearly 30 years in prison because he attempted murder and had drug trafficking charges. Pirro was a former Republican Power broker. Albert Pirros’s ex-husband was of Fox News was pardoned for tax crimes that are 20 years old. 

Trump has issued far more pardons than former President Barack Obama. Trump issued 143 while Obama issued 94. He left the White House with many legal issues because of the people he pardoned.


Steve Bannon

Elliott Broidy

Kwame Kilpatrick

Lil Wayne

Rapper Kodak Black

Sholam Weiss

Anthony Levandowski

Todd Boulanger

Abel Holtz

Rick Renzi

Kenneth Kurson

Casey Urlacher

Carl Andrews Boggs

Dr Scott Harkonen

Johnny D Phillips Jr

Dr Mahmoud Reza Banki

James E Johnson Jr

Tommaso Buti

Glen Moss

Aviem Sella

John Nystrom

Scott Conor Crosby

Lynn Barney

Joshua J Smith

Amy Povah

Dr Frederick Nahas

David Tamman

Dr Faustino Bernadett

Paul Erickson

Gregory Jorgensen

Deborah Jorgensen

Martin Jorgensen (posthumous)

Todd Farha

Thaddeus Bereday

William Kale

Paul Behrens

Peter Clay

Patrick Lee Swisher

Robert Sherrill

Dr Robert S Corkern

David Lamar Clanton

George Gilmore

Desiree Perez

Robert “Bob” Zangrillo

Hillel Nahmad

Brian McSwain

John Duncan Fordham

William “Ed” Henry

Randall “Duke” Cunningham – conditional pardon

Stephen Odzer

Steven Benjamin Floyd

Joey Hancock

David E Miller

James Austin Hayes

Drew Brownstein

Robert Bowker

Amir Khan

David Rowland

Jessica Frease

Robert Cannon “Robin” Hayes

Thomas Kenton “Ken” Ford

Michael Liberty

Greg Reyes

Ferrell Damon Scott

Jerry Donnell Walden

Jeffrey Alan Conway

Benedict Olberding

Syrita Steib-Martin

Michael Ashley

Lou Hobbs

Matthew Antoine Canady

Mario Claiborne

Rodney Nakia Gibson

Tom Leroy Whitehurst

Monstsho Eugene Vernon

Luis Fernando Sicard

DeWayne Phelps

Isaac Nelson

Traie Tavares Kelly

Javier Gonzales

Douglas Jemal

Eric Wesley Patton

Robert William Cawthon

Hal Knudson Mergler

Gary Evan Hendler

John Harold Wall

Steven Samuel Grantham

Clarence Olin Freeman

Fred Keith Alford

John Knock

Kenneth Charles Fragoso

Luis Gonzalez

Anthony DeJohn

Corvain Cooper

Way Quoe Long

Michael Pelletier

Craig Cesal

Darrell Frazier

Lavonne Roach

Blanca Virgen

Robert Francis

Brian Simmons

Derrick Smith

Jaime A Davidson

Raymond Hersman

David Barren

James Romans

Jonathon Braun

Michael Harris

Kyle Kimoto

Chalana McFarland

Eliyahu Weinstein

John Estin Davis

Alex Adjmi

Noah Kleinman

Tena Logan

MaryAnne Locke

Jawad A Musa

Adriana Shayota

April Coots

Caroline Yeats

Jodi Lynn Richter

Kristina Bohnenkamp

Mary Roberts

Cassandra Ann Kasowski

Lerna Lea Paulson

Ann Butler

Sydney Navarro

Tara Perry

Jon Harder

Chris Young

Adrianne Miller

Fred “Dave” Clark

William Walters

James Brian Cruz

Salomon Melgen

Jeff Cheney

Marquis Dargon

Jennings Gilbert

Dwayne L Harrison

Reginald Dinez Johnson

Sharon King

Hector Madrigal Sr.