The total number of pardons President Trump granted on his final full day in office was 73, including some very high-profile friends and former supporters.
Heading the list was his former close aide Steve Bannon, who had been charged with defrauding people over funds raised for the wall being built on the Mexican border. Bannon was Trump’s campaign manager during the 2016 election. Trump and Bannon reportedly spoke by phone this week, and that is when Trump made his final decision.
Rapper Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) was also given a pardon. He had been facing 10 years in jail after he pled guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
A very well known person in the tech world also received a pardon from President Trump. Former Google self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski had been sentenced in August to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in March to stealing a trade secret on self driving cars before he left Google to go work for Uber.
The 40-year old was not in prison yet, as a judge had allowed him to enter custody once the COVID-19 pandemic had calmed down. According to the White House, they said in a statement that Levandowski had “paid a significant price for his actions and plans to devote his talents to advance the public good.”
Hopeful criminals left off the Trump’s final pardon list was headlined by Joe Exotic of the Netflix show “Tiger King.” He continues to serve a sentence for conspiracy to commit murder.
There had been speculation that Trump potentially could pardon himself or some of his family members in case they were ever charged with a crime, but he did not do that.