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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

President Donald Trump has decided to pardon his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a last-minute decision made only hours before he is scheduled to depart the White House for a final time.



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Bannon faces a federal case that began in August when New York federal prosecutors charged him and three others with defrauding donors of more than a million dollars as part of a fundraising campaign purportedly aimed at supporting Trump's border wall.

Despite their falling out in recent years, Trump was eager to pardon his former aide after recently reconnecting with him as he helped fan Trump's conspiracy theories about the election.

It was a far cry from when Trump exiled Bannon from his inner circle after he was quoted in a book trashing the President's children, claiming that Donald Trump Jr. had been "treasonous" by meeting with a Russian attorney and labeling Ivanka Trump "dumb as a brick." Those statements from Bannon drove Trump to issue a lengthy statement saying he had "lost his mind."

"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency," Trump said at the time.

Things shifted in recent months as Bannon attempted to breach Trump's inner circle once again by offering advice before the election and pushing his false theories after Trump had lost.

One concern that had stalled debate over the pardon was Bannon's possible connection to the riot of Trump supporters at the US Capitol earlier this month, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN.

"All hell is going to break loose tomorrow," Bannon promised listeners of his podcast -- "War Room" -- on January 5, the day before the deadly siege on the Capitol."


Only the best people need pardons.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-20 01:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Bannon was arrested on fraud charges for ripping off Trump supporters.

A majority of the list released so far are fraudsters who each ripped off individuals for millions.

Birds of a feather flock together.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-20 02:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

State prosecutors can pick up the case and charge Bannon for wire fraud.

Also, Bannon will lose his right to exert his 5th Amendment privileges against self incrimination.

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-20 02:08 AM | Reply

Trump's supporters don't care about having their money stolen from them in this weak-a$$ scam perpetrated by a fat slob in need of a sheep dip. Those scammed think that's how rich folks show their solidarity with their supporters. Their reasoning: It's all everyone's money, the people holding it now will give it back, eventually, somehow...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2021-01-20 09:28 AM | Reply

... Despite their falling out in recent years, Trump was eager to pardon his former aide after recently reconnecting with him as he helped fan Trump's conspiracy theories about the election. ...

I figured Mr Bannon was fishing for a pardon when he started to kiss up to Pres Trump recently.

As Leader Kim of North Korea (and others) have found out, the best way to manipulate Pres Trump was to flatter him.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-20 09:32 AM | Reply

"... allegedly..."

If Bannon accepts the pardon there is no "allegedly" about it, as chief Arpaio found out a few years ago.

#6 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2021-01-20 09:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Crooks of a feather.

#7 | Posted by northguy3 at 2021-01-20 10:07 AM | Reply

Trump's final pardon spree, explained

...President Trump has ended his term in office in a very appropriate way for him " by handing out pardons to some of his close associates and supporters for corruption crimes.

Perhaps the most notable of these pardons was the one given to Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign CEO and White House chief strategist, announced late Tuesday night. Bannon was awaiting trial for fraud charges " specifically, he was charged with defrauding donors to a crowdfunding campaign promising to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Yes, that means Trump pardoned Bannon for allegedly defrauding Trump's own supporters....

The big picture, though, is that Trump has brazenly used the pardon power to shield his associates from consequences for criminal wrongdoing in a way no president has for decades. ...

In December, Trump had already pardoned two former Republican members of Congress convicted of corruption crimes, Chris Collins of New York (securities fraud) and Duncan Hunter of California (campaign finance violations).

This week, he added three more former Republican members of Congress to that list, granting clemency to Rick Renzi of Arizona (who was convicted of extortion, campaign finance violations, and money laundering), Robin Hayes of North Carolina (who was connected to a plot to bribe the state insurance commissioner), and Duke Cunningham of California (who received more than $2 million in bribes).

There's also Broidy, the defense company executive, GOP donor, and former RNC finance committee member who Trump pardoned Tuesday, who had been under investigation throughout Trump's presidency. ...

[emphasis mine]

... and the list goes on and on...

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-20 10:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bend over Boaz-0,Humptaker,Snippy et al

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-01-20 10:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Read about possible "Secret Pocket Pardons" which would not be made public unless and until the Get-out-of-jail-free card could be played.

Anybody got anything on the viability of that kind of a pardon?

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2021-01-20 11:28 AM | Reply

Those pardons do demonstrate how little Trump ever actually cared about his supporters. I noticed on the day of the insurrection, he promised them he would be there with the "protesters" he told to illegally march to the Capital and incited them to break in while there was a Joint Session going on, he never showed up, of course, because he is too cowardly to go with his supporters. Would have thought at least tough guy Don Jr. would have shown up but, no, he wasn't there either. All mouth encouraging other people to get tough while the Trump family partied in the WH.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-20 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour

Good question. How can a pardon be secret? It shouldn't be permitted. Would FOIA Requests turn them up?

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-01-20 11:45 AM | Reply

So far, I haven't heard of any of the insurrectionists being pardoned, has anyone else heard that they have been?

#13 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-20 12:10 PM | Reply

@#12 ... How can a pardon be secret? ...


The Constitution says nothing about a pardon needing to be made public.

Of course, I am not a lawyer.

Here is a discussion...

Can Trump Really Issue Secret Pardons for Himself and His Family?

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-20 12:13 PM | Reply

Trump's final act as president: Pardoning Jeanine Pirro's ex-husband

...With just over 30 minutes left in his presidency, now-former President Trump issued a full pardon to Albert J. Pirro, Jr., ex-husband of Fox News firebrand and to Trump defender Jeanine Pirro.

Why it matters: This was Trump's final act as president, and he issued the pardon during the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Details: Albert Pirro was sentenced to 29 months in federal prison in 2000 on charges of conspiracy and tax evasion....

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-20 12:27 PM | Reply

Sheep exist to be sheared. Trump supporters exist to be fleeced. Bannon was only following the way of nature.

#16 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-01-20 12:50 PM | Reply

Proving once again that Dotard has absolutely no concern for his base. He's just interested in how much money he and his sycophants can steal from them.

#17 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-01-20 03:00 PM | Reply

What? He didn't pardon Bernie Madoff? Why not? He pardoned dozens of other fraudsters.

Guess he figured since he'll have to live in Palm Beach, where many victims of Madoff live, he'd better leave that one off the list.

Live in Palm Beach until the court cases his neighbors bring for violating the agreement he signed that Mar A Lago wouldn't be his residence.

#18 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-20 03:26 PM | Reply

It figures. Jailbirds of a feather flock together.

#19 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-20 05:01 PM | Reply

Having him frog marched off of that yacht was worth it.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-01-21 11:07 AM | Reply

Bannon steals from Trump supporters.
Trump pardons him.
Trump supporters cheer it.

This is a cult.

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-01-21 05:47 PM | Reply

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