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11TH Hour Pardons by Trump: 73 more criminals released by Trump, walking on the George H.W. Bush path

by Eli Mshomi

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.

Trump Pardons:

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 PardonedCrime Committed
Steve BannonCollected funds from Republican supporters deceptively and used them for private purposes.
Elliott BroidyHe was guilty of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the United States.
Kwame KilpatrickHe had over a dozen charges against him, including extortion, bribery, and racketeering.
Lil’ WayneHe was accused of having illegal possession of firearms.
Rapper Kodak BlackHe was accused of making false statements to get a firearm.
Sholam WeissHe was convicted for fraud of almost $125m from the federal funds.
Anthony LevandowskiHe stole some secret information from Google’s driver-less cars plan and joined the competitive industries.
Todd BoulangerHe was accused of committing service fraud and bribing government officials.
Abel HoltzHe hindered a grand jury investigation.
Rick Renzi He was involved in several crimes, including insurance fraud and extortion.
Kenneth KursonHe was charged with cyberstalking.
Casey UrlacherHe was engaged in illegal gambling.
Carl Andrews Boggs He was involved in several conspiracies.
Jaime A. DavidsonHe was guilty of the murder of the undercover officer.
James E. Johnson, JrHe was charged for offenses against migratory birds.
Tommaso ButiHe was accused of financial fraud involving several restaurants.
Bill K. KapriHe was charged with making a false statement on a federal document.
Jawad A. MusaHe was under imprisonment for a drug-related offense.
Adriana Shayota She was under several charges, including copyright infringement.
Glen MossHe 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 OlberdingHe was charged with bank fraud.
Syrita Steib-Martin She was accused of using a firearm to commit a felony.
Michael AshleyHe was convicted of bank fraud.
Eric Wesley PattonHe 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 WallHe was charged with distributing the drug methamphetamine.
Steven Samuel GranthamHe was charged with stealing a vehicle.
Clarence Olin FreemanHe operated illegal whiskey stills.
Fred Keith AlfordHe 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 BankiHe committed monetary violations and making false statements.
John NystromHe failed to alert authorities about fraudulent activities.
Jessica FreaseShe was convicted for stolen checks and monetary fraud.
Robert Cannon HayesHe lied during a federal investigation.
Thomas Kenton FordHe 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 PovahShe was involved in a drug-related offense.
Dr. Frederick NahasHe 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 EricksonHe 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 PardonedCrime
Robert Edward Leigh BarnhillBid rigging.
George Edward ClementsIntentionally making false declarations in front of the grand jury.
Edwin Cox Jr.Bank fraud.
Lloyd DavisForging bank records.
James Lewis DonawhoMaking a false statement to a  government agency
John Stinson HowellEvading income tax
Charles HuffmanLarceny on a government reservation
Thomas KardashianGiving gratuities to the US public officials
Frederick LorberGetting marijuana without paying tax
Richard WareAiding and abetting bank fraud.
Albert WilliamsFinancial 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


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