11TH Hour Pardons by Trump: 73 more criminals released by Trump, walking on the George H.W. Bush path
For one last time, Trump has used his presidential pardon powers to help 73 more people evade justice. Trump has previously issued 70 commutations, so in total, 143 people have been favored by Trump during his last nights before leaving the presidency.
Walking on the footprints of the former Republican president, the late George H.W. Bush, Trump carried on the Republican tradition of giving 11th-hour pardons and took the game to the whole next level.
In the final round, Trump pardons his ex-aide Bannon, along with 72 others who were involved in different types of federal crimes.
Some of the prominent criminals who found their name in the last lucky draw done by Trump in the White House include
Name of the Pardoned Crime Committed Steve Bannon Collected funds from Republican supporters deceptively and used them for private purposes. Elliott Broidy He was guilty of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the United States. Kwame Kilpatrick He had over a dozen charges against him, including extortion, bribery, and racketeering. Lil’ Wayne He was accused of having illegal possession of firearms. Rapper Kodak Black He was accused of making false statements to get a firearm. Sholam Weiss He was convicted for fraud of almost $125m from the federal funds. Anthony Levandowski He stole some secret information from Google’s driver-less cars plan and joined the competitive industries. Todd Boulanger He was accused of committing service fraud and bribing government officials. Abel Holtz He hindered a grand jury investigation. Rick Renzi He was involved in several crimes, including insurance fraud and extortion. Kenneth Kurson He was charged with cyberstalking. Casey Urlacher He was engaged in illegal gambling. Carl Andrews Boggs He was involved in several conspiracies. Jaime A. Davidson He was guilty of the murder of the undercover officer. James E. Johnson, Jr He was charged for offenses against migratory birds. Tommaso Buti He was accused of financial fraud involving several restaurants. Bill K. Kapri He was charged with making a false statement on a federal document. Jawad A. Musa He was under imprisonment for a drug-related offense. Adriana Shayota She was under several charges, including copyright infringement. Glen Moss He was accused of committing financial fraud. Aviem Sella He was convicted for espionage. Michael Liberty He was charged with a campaign finance violation. Greg Reyes He was convicted of securities fraud. Ferrell Damon Scott He was charged with distributing marijuana. Benedict Olberding He was charged with bank fraud. Syrita Steib-Martin She was accused of using a firearm to commit a felony. Michael Ashley He was convicted of bank fraud. Eric Wesley Patton He was convicted of making false claims on the mortgage application. Robert William Cawthon He was charged with making false statements on a bank loan statement. Hal Knudson Mergler He was charged with distributing LSD. Gary Evan Hendler He was charged with distributing controlled substances. John Harold Wall He was charged with distributing the drug methamphetamine. Steven Samuel Grantham He was charged with stealing a vehicle. Clarence Olin Freeman He operated illegal whiskey stills. Fred Keith Alford He was charged with a firearm violation. Alex Adjmi He was charged with financial fraud. Douglas Jemal He committed financial fraud. Dr. Scott Harkonen He was charged with fraud for a misleading statement in the newspaper regarding medical treatment. Johnny D. Phillips, Jr. He committed wire and mail fraud. Dr. Mahmoud Reza Banki He committed monetary violations and making false statements. John Nystrom He failed to alert authorities about fraudulent activities. Jessica Frease She was convicted for stolen checks and monetary fraud. Robert Cannon Hayes He lied during a federal investigation. Thomas Kenton Ford He lied to federal mining officials during an investigation. Scott Conor Crosby He was involved with the bank robbery. Lynn Barney He was charged with having an illegal firearm in his custody. Amy Povah She was involved in a drug-related offense. Dr. Frederick Nahas He was alleged to have obstructed justice. David Tamman He was charged with changing financial documents. Dr. Faustino Bernadett He failed to report a hospital’s fraudulent scheme to the authorities despite knowing. Paul Erickson He was charged with a financial crime. Paul Behrens, Thaddeus Bereday, Todd Farha, Peter Clay, William Kale All of them were involved in the same healthcare financial fraud. David Rowland He was charged with dealing with asbestos under an expired license.
Last Minute Pardons by H.W. Bush:
There are two things in common between George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump. First of all, both of them are Republicans, and secondly, both of them were one-term presidents. So, it’s pertinent to make the comparison between the pardons issued by each of them just before leaving the office.
If we compare them with the George H.W. Bush pardons, we can see that Trump somehow walked on his path. Although Bush also pardoned a lot during his presidential term, however, the 11th-hour pardon on January 18, 1993, just two days prior to leaving the presidency, clemency was given to twelve people. Let’s look at how George H.W. Bush pardoned the people below before leaving the presidency.
Name of the Pardoned Crime Robert Edward Leigh Barnhill Bid rigging. George Edward Clements Intentionally making false declarations in front of the grand jury. Edwin Cox Jr. Bank fraud. Lloyd Davis Forging bank records. James Lewis Donawho Making a false statement to a government agency John Stinson Howell Evading income tax Charles Huffman Larceny on a government reservation Thomas Kardashian Giving gratuities to the US public officials Frederick Lorber Getting marijuana without paying tax Richard Ware Aiding and abetting bank fraud. Albert Williams Financial fraud Clyde Umphenour, Jr. Interstate transportation of forged securities
If we look closely, both Trump and Bush pardoned people related to crimes involving financial fraud, marijuana distribution, and forged records. These last-minute pardons are a real obstruction to justice, as they block the justice department from providing penalties to the people who were on the receiving side of these committed crimes.
Read other Pardons Given by Trump:
Second Wave of Presidential Pardons by Trump
First wave of Presidential Pardons by Trump