Trump on last day in office to pardon rapper Lil Wayne, but Giuliani, Bannon strike out

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The sources confirmed a New York Times report that the list of pardons and commutations is expected to include former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, 76, who was convicted of corruption charges in 2015.

Trump’s list is not expected to include Giuliani, his private lawyer, who has been a vocal proponent of the president’s claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The sources also said not expected to get a pardon is Steve Bannon, who helped Trump win election in 2016 and was a senior White House adviser. Bannon, 66, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he defrauded donors to We Build the Wall, an online fundraising campaign that raised US$25 million.

Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, was also not expected to get a pardon, the sources said.

The U.S. Justice Department in 2019 asked Britain to extradite Assange to the United States to face charges that he conspired to hack U.S. government computers and violated an espionage law.

A British judge ruled two weeks ago Assange should not be extradited to the U.S., saying his mental health problems meant he would be at risk of suicide.

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