Everyone who Donald Trump pardoned on his last day being president

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·4-min read
Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN - Getty Images
Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

It's official, as of midnight last night, Donald J. Trump is no longer President of the United States of America. But being Donald J. Trump, he didn't go out without a bang. In his last 24-hours in power, Trump pardoned a lot of people, meaning they are now free from federal criminal conviction.

The White House issued a list of no less than 73 - yes, seventy-three - individuals who have been granted clemency by the now-former President. As well as that, Donald Trump also commuted the sentences of another 70 people, which means a prison sentence they are currently serving will either be shortened or scrapped completely.

It's totally legal and actually quite common for outgoing presidents to issue pardons before they leave office, having first been suggested by Alexander Hamilton in 1787, who insisted it would "restore the tranquillity of the commonwealth."

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that Trump might use his final day in power to pardon big cat lover Joe Exotic, who was convicted of animal abuse and murder for hire charges against Carole Baskin in April 2019 and is currently serving out a 22 year prison sentence in Fort Worth, Texas.

Photo credit: Tiger King - Netflix
Photo credit: Tiger King - Netflix

Despite grand plans from Exotic's lawyer to have a limo and a hair stylist awaiting him upon imminent freedom, it doesn't look like the former 'zoo' owner will be exiting jail any time soon.

Some of the more notable people who did make the cut for pardoning, however, include rapper Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to a weapons charge last year. The BBC reports Lil Wayne previously "posted a photo of himself with Mr Trump during the election campaign praising the president's work on criminal reform," so perhaps that went some way to sway Trump.

Also in the mix was Steve Bannon, an adviser to President Trump during his 2016 election campaign, who was charged last summer for fraud relating to a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Ken Kurson was also on the list; a friend of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was previously charged with cyberstalking during a divorce.

Here's the list of pardons in full:

  • Todd Boulanger

  • Abel Holtz

  • Representative Rick Renzi

  • Kenneth Kurson

  • Casey Urlacher

  • Carl Andrews Boggs

  • Jaime A. Davidson

  • James E. Johnson, Jr.

  • Tommaso Buti

  • Bill K. Kapri

  • Jawad A. Musa

  • Adriana Shayota

  • Glen Moss

  • Anthony Levandowski

  • Aviem Sella

  • Michael Liberty

  • Greg Reyes

  • Ferrell Damon Scott

  • Jerry Donnell Walden

  • Jeffrey Alan Conway

  • Benedict Olberding

  • Syrita Steib-Martin

  • Michael Ashley

  • Lou Hobbs

  • Matthew Antoine Canady

  • Mario Claiborne

  • Rodney Nakia Gibson

  • Tom Leroy Whitehurst

  • Monstsho Eugene Vernon

  • Luis Fernando Sicard

  • DeWayne Phelps

  • Isaac Nelson

  • Traie Tavares Kelly

  • Javier Gonzales

  • Eric Wesley Patton

  • Robert William Cawthon

  • Hal Knudson Mergler

  • Gary Evan Hendler

  • John Harold Wall

  • Steven Samuel Grantham

  • Clarence Olin Freeman

  • Fred Keith Alford

  • John Knock

  • Kenneth Charles Fragoso

  • Luis Gonzalez

  • Anthony DeJohn

  • Corvain Cooper

  • Way Quoe Long

  • Michael Pelletier

  • Craig Cesal

  • Darrell Frazier

  • Lavonne Roach

  • Blanca Virgen

  • Robert Francis

  • Brian Simmons

  • Derrick Smith

  • Raymond Hersman

  • David Barren

  • James Romans

  • Jonathon Braun

  • Michael Harris

  • Kyle Kimoto

  • Chalana McFarland

  • Eliyahu Weinstein

  • John Estin Davis

  • Alex Adjmi

  • Elliott Broidy

  • Stephen K. Bannon

  • Douglas Jemal

  • Noah Kleinman

  • Dr. Scott Harkonen

  • Johnny D. Phillips, Jr.

  • Dr. Mahmoud Reza Banki

  • Tena Logan

  • MaryAnne Locke

  • April Coots

  • Caroline Yeats

  • Jodi Lynn Richter

  • Kristina Bohnenkamp

  • Mary Roberts

  • Cassandra Ann Kasowski

  • Lerna Lea Paulson

  • Ann Butler

  • Sydney Navarro

  • Tara Perry

  • John Nystrom

  • Gregory Jorgensen, Deborah Jorgensen, Martin Jorgensen

  • Jessica Frease

  • Robert Cannon “Robin” Hayes

  • Thomas Kenton “Ken” Ford

  • Jon Harder

  • Scott Conor Crosby

  • Chris Young

  • Adrianne Miller

  • Lynn Barney

  • Joshua J. Smith

  • Amy Povah

  • Dr. Frederick Nahas

  • David Tamman

  • Dr. Faustino Bernadett

  • Paul Erickson

  • Kwame Kilpatrick

  • Fred “Dave” Clark

  • Todd Farha, Thaddeus Bereday, William Kale, Paul Behrens, Peter Clay

  • David Rowland

  • Randall “Duke” Cunningham

  • William Walters

  • Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.

  • Stephen Odzer

  • James Brian Cruz

  • Steven Benjamin Floyd

  • Joey Hancock

  • David E. Miller

  • James Austin Hayes

  • Drew Brownstein

  • Robert Bowker

  • Amir Khan

  • Shalom Weiss

  • Salomon Melgen

  • Patrick Lee Swisher

  • Robert Sherrill

  • Dr. Robert S. Corkern

  • David Lamar Clanton

  • George Gilmore

  • Desiree Perez

  • Robert “Bob” Zangrillo

  • Hillel Nahmad

  • Brian McSwain

  • John Duncan Fordham

  • William “Ed” Henry

You can read more about all Trump's pardons and the crimes individuals had previously been convicted of in the White House's full statement.

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