WASHINGTON: Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were among the beneficiaries of Donald Trump`s wave of pardons in his last day in office on Wednesday, befitting a president who made his name in New York`s tabloids and on reality TV. While the more than 140 people granted clemency included former aide Steve Bannon and major Republican Party fundraiser Elliott Broidy, Trump also used his wide ranging powers to clear people with little apparent ties to his administration. Bannon was a top adviser on Trump`s 2016 campaign and served as the Chief White House Strategist for roughly seven months. He was arrested and charged last August with defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors who contributed to a fundraising campaign for a private border wall. Five-time Grammy Award winner Lil Wayne, whose legal name is Dwayne Carter Jr., appeared to support Trump on the campaign trail ahead of Trump`s reelection bid when Carter said he backed Trump`s criminal justice reform program and economic plan for African Americans. Carter, whose 2016 single “No Problem” won the Best Rap Performance Grammy, pleaded guilty last month to illegally possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun when his chartered jet landed in Miami in December 2019. He faced… Read full this story
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