Lil Wayne is among those reportedly expected to receive a pardon or clemency from Donald Trump on his last full day in office on Tuesday.
Lil Wayne pleaded guilty last month to possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun when his chartered jet landed in Miami in December 2019. He faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison at a 28 January hearing in Miami.
The rapper appeared to support Trump during last year’s presidential campaign when he tweeted a photo of himself with the president and said he backed Trump’s criminal justice reform programme and economic plan for African Americans.
However, sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Reuters have suggested that neither the president himself, nor Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, or former aide Steve Bannon will be on the list, which may number up to 100. Neither will members of Trump’s family get pre-emptive pardons, reports suggest.
While the constitutional legality of a presidential self-pardon remains untested, aides have cautioned Trump that pardoning himself and members of his family may imply guilt that becomes a liability in future state or civil lawsuits against the Trump family and businesses.
It has also been suggested that a self-pardon could antagonise some Republican senators who will be voting during the second Trump impeachment trial, expected later this month.
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