The outgoing US President Donald Trump issued dozens of decisions, at dawn on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, some of which were to pardon many of his close associates, while the rest of the decisions were ordered to reduce the punishment for others, in a decision that was expected in the last hours of Trump’s rule, It was discussed on Sunday at the White House, with President Ivanka Trump’s daughter and husband, Jared Kushner.
This decision comes in light of expectations that Trump will pardon himself, his family members, or his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who was at the forefront of the unsuccessful efforts to cancel the results of the 2020 presidential elections, according to sources.
Trump pardons dozens
As expected, President Donald Trump issued more than 140 pardons and reliefs late Tuesday night, as one of his last acts before he left office on Wednesday.
US media revealed that Trump and his close aides, including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, made the list during a meeting on Sunday in the Oval Office.
The New York Times indicated that Ivanka had sent the final list to the White House counselor’s office for approval, and that the Justice Department’s pardon office, which usually reviews who received the executive clemency grant, was not included in the process.
As for the names of the most prominent personalities included in Trump’s decision, they were:
Pardoning former Trump adviser Steve Bannon
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be granted relief
Rapper gives Lil Wayne a relaxation
Kodak Black rapper will be granted clemency in exchange for relief
The former chief financial officer of the Republican National Committee, Elliot Broidy, will also be pardoned
However, a number of individuals who had speculated about a pardon or relief did not appear on the president’s final list, including Rudy Giuliani, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Joe Exotic.
It is noteworthy that Reuters quoted an informed source, that “Trump’s advisers urged him not to grant amnesty to anyone involved in the events of the congressional storming in Washington, DC, despite the president’s belief that those involved in those events did not make any mistake.”
In the same context, the source said: “Trump does not yet intend to pardon himself and does not intend to issue a proactive pardon for members of his family.” However, White House advisers confirmed in more than one location, during the past two weeks, that Trump discussed informally with his advisers. For this exceptional step, he should pardon himself, but some officials in the administration warned him of that, because he would appear guilty of this decision.
Trump declassifies the investigation of the Russia file
As for the second decision, it was ordered by Trump to declassify a file of documents related to the FBI investigation into Russia, which led to a lengthy investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump, who has long been trying to prove that Democrats sought to use the probe to topple him, said in a memo that some redaction had been done to the documents in order to allow for their disclosure.
It is reported that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller declared, after a lengthy investigation, that Russia would not interfere in favor of the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections.
Washington also imposed new sanctions on Russia last month, after it was accused of a cyber attack targeting US government agencies, and the Kremlin said that these sanctions are a new hostile step by the outgoing administration in Washington.