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.
Bannon was facing a trial on fraud and money laundering charges in Manhattan federal court in May, according to The New York Post.
In August, Bannon was arrested on a $28 million yacht named the “Lady May,” which was owned by Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui.
Democrats in the House of Representatives will introduce at least one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Monday morning after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.
The House impeachment resolution is led by Democratic Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Ted Lieu of California and charges Trump with one article of “incitement of insurrection.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will introduce the resolution, which calls on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, NBC News reported. Hoyer will need unanimous consent to pass the resolution. If one member objects, there will be a floor vote to impeach Trump in the House.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent a letter Sunday night to Democrats, explaining the move.
“We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours,” Pelosi said in the letter.
The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump in December of 2019 after months of debate.
The House voted on two separate articles of impeachment. The first vote was on the abuse of power article and the second was obstruction of Congress. On the first article, the House voted 230-197, with Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voting “present.” On the second article, the House voted 229-198, with Gabbard voting “present” again. No Republicans voted for the impeachment of Trump.
Rioters supporting Trump stormed the U.S. capitol Wednesday, committing acts of vandalism and violence and postponing the electoral college certification process, forcing members of Congress to evacuate the building.