In the early hours of Wednesday the 20th of January, and in the last gasps of his presidency, Donald Trump released a list of 143 pardons and commutations of sentences for allies, former politicians, rappers and financiers.
One of the most notable is the pardon of former senior advisor Steve Bannon, who was charged with online fraud, which is a state crime.
Critics say Bannon’s clemency does not preclude any state prosecutor from filing charges against him as the fraud charges are essentially everywhere due to their online nature.
Other notable recipients of pardons are rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black – both of whom were prosecuted on federal weapons offences, Ken Kurson (a friend of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner), who was charged with cyberstalking during a bitter divorce, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
Critics of Mr. Trump contend that the pardons are not about serving justice, but about who has access to the US presidency.