President Trump is preparing to pardon sentences of more than 100 people in his final hours in office, decisions that are expected to be announced Monday or Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the discussions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the plans.
The final list of pardons, expected to be Trump’s last batch, were finalized at a Sunday White House meeting, according to two sources.
President Donald Trump has been particularly consumed with the question of whether to issue preemptive pardons to his adult children, top aides and himself, said the people familiar with discussions.
But it remains unclear whether he will make such a move. Although he has mused about the possibility, no final decisions have been reached, and some advisers have warned against using his pardon power to benefit himself.
Among the most high-profile candidates include WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.
Aides have said the ability to grant clemency is a perk of the job Trump has particularly relished because the Constitution hands the power to the president alone.
President Trump has granted clemency to 94 people, including 49 he issued in the week before Christmas.
Sources: PBS, The Guardian, and ABC; Photo: Getty Images