DONALD Trump is slated to pardon Steven Bannon in a last-minute move before Joe Biden is sworn in, reports say.
Donald Trump decided to pardon Steve Bannon on TuesdayCredit: AFP or licensors
The pardon is set to come hours before Biden is sworn in Credit: Reuters
The White House has yet to confirm the news which emerged just before 11pm EST tonight.
This would shutter the federal prosecution of Bannon for allegedly defrauding donors who wanted to build a wall at the Mexican border.
CNN reported that officials have cautioned that the pardon is not definite until the paperwork is signed by Trump, however.
The outlet noted that Trump was keen to pardon his formerly estranged aide, who peddled unfounded claims that the 2020 election was “rigged.”
Trump is expected to pardon Bannon before he leaves the Oval OfficeCredit: The Mega Agency
A slew of pardons are expected within the next few hours, including BannonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The pair fell out when Bannon was quoted slamming Trump’s children in the explosive book Fire and Fury, which resulted in the outgoing president dubbing him “Sloppy Steve” and saying Bannon had “lost his mind.”
Afterwards, Bannon said “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man” in a statement to Axios.
“My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda,” he said.
“As I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama.”
Trump and his former chief strategist appeared to reconcile over the course of the 2020 election cycle.
Bannon was heavily involved in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign before they parted ways.
News of his expected pardoning comes amid speculation that Trump will pardon a slew of other people before he exits the Oval Office, including Tiger King star Joe Exotic.
He has already granted one to Death Row Records co-founder Michael ‘Harry-O’ Harris after Snoop Dogg’s campaign to free drug kingpin.
As of January 19, Trump had reportedly pardoned 41 people and commuted the sentences of eight more over the past two days.
Trump and Bannon appeared to fall out over comments his former aide made Credit: AFP – Getty
Bannon was quoted in Fire and Fury as saying Donald Trump Jr committed ‘treason’ by meeting with Russian officials in 2016Credit: Reuters