Trump clemency list expected to include Lil Wayne and a once powerful New York politician
President Donald Trump's final mercy list, although not as long as originally expected, could include some names that will spark another wave of controversy as his term ends.
According to sources familiar with the White House operation, a wide range of people are expected to be on his mercy roll, including former New York State Assembly spokesman Sheldon Silver and rap star Lil Wayne, without specifying who will receive a pardon This would obliterate both a person's conviction and punishment, or the commutation that would nullify a person's punishment but not a conviction.
Trump's final list, which is not yet complete, is expected to number more than 100 people and could be announced as early as Tuesday, the sources added.
PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks after a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on Jan. 12, 2021. (Almond Ngan / AFP via Getty Images)
Trump is unlikely to issue preventive pardons to his children and other close associates despite weeks of internal battles among White House aides, sources aware of these conversations told ABC News Monday. The sources said they don't expect Trump to issue an apology for himself, although the sources noted that the talks were fluid and the president is known to have changed his mind.
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The president has been encouraged by allies to apologize to his children and himself over fears of a possible criminal investigation, particularly following Trump's call to Georgia government officials regarding the 2020 election results and last week's rally on the National Mall in the Capitol Hill after Trump and members of his family spoke to the crowd.
Dwayne Michael Carter, known professionally as Lil Wayne, pleaded guilty in December 2020 to illegally possessing a loaded, gold-plated 45-caliber pistol while traveling on a private plane to South Florida in December 2019. Wayne met Trump in Florida in October 2020 and tweeted a photo of the meeting. A Carter attorney declined to comment.
PHOTO: Lil Wayne performs at DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan on September 10, 2019 (Scott Legato / Getty Images)
Silver, the once powerful longtime spokesman for the New York State Assembly who was twice convicted of corruption, was sentenced to prison last summer. A Silver attorney did not respond to ABC News.
PHOTO: Former New York Congregation Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by media and USMS law enforcement courts as he exits the Lower Manhattan federal court on May 3, 2016 in New York. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images)
A White House spokesman declined to comment.
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Trump issued a series of pardons and commutations to a number of controversial figures linked to his administration last month. Among these were George Papadopoulos, a former election worker who was indicted by Special Adviser Robert Mueller; Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins, both former Republican Congressmen convicted of financial crimes and four former Blackwater Worldwide military contractors responsible for killing 14 Iraqis in 2007.
In November, the president also pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to false statements to the FBI during Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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