The lame-duck presidency still has at least a little flight time still left in it, even though by noon on Wednesday, Donald Trump will no longer hold office. His influence on Congress has gone to nil, even without the Capitol riots almost two weeks ago. Any executive orders can and almost certainly would be immediately countermanded by Joe Biden after the inauguration takes place.
According to CNN and the Washington Post, Trump and his team spent yesterday focusing on the only official acts that Trump can still conduct. By tomorrow at the latest, the White House will release the last of Trump’s clemency actions — as many as 100 pardons and commutations. So who gets the golden tickets? Let’s start with the Washington Post:
President Trump is preparing to pardon or commute the 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.
Trump met Sunday with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump and other aides for a significant amount of the day to review a long list of pardon requests and discuss lingering questions about their appeals, according to the multiple people briefed on the meeting. The president was personally engaged with the details of specific cases, one person said.