Trump Pardons Steve Bannon, Others Before Leaving White House

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President Donald Trump pardoned former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday night after he was arrested for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors who donated to his crowdfunded border wall project.

Trump offered a list of pardons on his last night in office which included Bannon as well as famous rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, who both were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses, Reuters reported.

Bannon was arrested after he raised more than $25 million into a nonprofit group called “We Build The Wall” under the false pretense that all money raised would be spent on the construction of a border wall on the US-Mexico border, according to the Justice Department. (RELATED: Bannon Arrested On Chinese Billionaire’s $28 Million Mega Yacht)

Former advisor to President Donald Trump and executive chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon introduces Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, at an election-night rally on September 26, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Bannon was facing a trial on fraud and money laundering charges in Manhattan federal court in May, according to The New York Post. (RELATED: Steve Bannon And Brian Kolfage Indicted For Allegedly Defrauding Crowdfunded Border Wall Donors)

In August, Bannon was arrested on a $28 million yacht named the “Lady May,” which was owned by Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui.