Wednesday, January 20, 2021
On his last day in office, President Trump in a flurry of pardons has pardoned former strategist Steve Bannon, who was indicted last year in a border wall fraud scheme. Josh Dawsey and Matt Zapotosky report for the Washington Post that,
"President Trump has pardoned Stephen K. Bannon, the firebrand architect of his 2016 campaign who was charged last year with defrauding donors to a private fundraising effort for construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the White House announced early Wednesday.
Trump approved Bannon’s pardon late Tuesday, after days of frantic deliberations. Some aides said as recently as Monday night that the move appeared unlikely. Trump vacillated throughout the day Tuesday, and even after he said he was going to sign off on the pardon, it remained unclear for some time that he would actually do so, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations."