Trump Pardons Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne, 71 Others On Last Day

This combination of pictures created on January 3, 2018, shows a file photo of Trump and Bannon. SAUL LOEB, JOE RAEDLE / AFP

 

 

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned 73 people, including his former aide Steve Bannon and other allies, just hours before he was due to leave office.

The list of those pardoned — as well as 70 others whose sentences were commuted — was released by the White House in a statement during the early hours.

Neither Trump nor his relatives were on the list.

Bannon had been charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, defrauding people over funds raised to build the Mexico border wall, a flagship Trump policy.

He was Trump’s campaign manager during the 2016 election, before becoming a senior adviser to the president. He left the White House acrimoniously in 2017, Trump later giving him the derogatory moniker “Sloppy Steve.”

But Wednesday’s statement read: “Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen.”

US media earlier reported that the president made his last-minute decision after speaking to Bannon by phone.

Former Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy was similarly pardoned, after pleading guilty last year to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws.

And the rapper Lil Wayne, who faced 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon last month, also made the list.

The star, listed as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had shown “generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks,” the release added.

Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition last month.

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Some lesser-known individuals were also pardoned. Among them was Steve Bowker.

“Nearly 30 years ago, Mr. Bowker pled guilty to a violation the Lacey Act, which prohibits trafficking in wildlife, when he arranged for 22 snakes owned by Rudy “Cobra King” Komarek to be transported to the Miami Serpentarium,” the statement read.

“Although he did not ask for any animals in return, he was offered 22 American alligators. After pleading guilty, Mr. Bowker was sentenced to probation.”

Other pardons included people whose cases have been championed by criminal justice activists.

Wednesday’s announcement came after another raft of pardons late last year, including of Trump allies Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos and Alex Van Der Zwaan.

All five had pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election.

President-elect Joe Biden, who beat Trump in an election in November last year, was due to be sworn in as his successor later Wednesday.

Until then, the incumbent retains the power to issue further pardons.

Trump was due to skip the inauguration ceremony, in a stark break from presidential tradition, flying straight from the White House to his Florida home.

Having spent weeks claiming — without evidence — that the election was stolen from him, he was yet to personally congratulate Biden on his win, and did not invite him for a customary visit to the Oval Office.

Tensions have soared of late on Capitol Hill, where the Senate is expected to soon put Trump on trial following his record second impeachment by the House of Representatives over a riot by his supporters in the Capitol building.

The spectacle will clash with the opening days of Biden’s tenure, as the new president seeks to swiftly confirm his Cabinet picks and push through aggressive legislation including a $1.9 trillion package to rescue an economy buffeted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rapper Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty To Firearms Charges

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 31, 2019 Lil Wayne performs onstage at the 2019 Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Islandin New York City.  (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

 

US rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year, US media reported — a federal offense that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The 38-year-old artist, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, was found to be carrying a gun and bullets when police searched a private plane in Miami in December last year.

“Your honor, I plead guilty,” he reportedly told US District Judge Kathleen Williams during a virtual hearing.

The Miami Herald said that Lil Wayne — who has a home in south Florida — admitted the gold-plated pistol found in his luggage was his. He told police the weapon had been given to him as a Father’s Day gift.

Police also found what was believed to be cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, painkillers and more than $25,000 in cash, the newspaper said.

But the sole federal weapons charge filed in federal court in Miami stems from the fact that Lil Wayne was convicted more than a decade ago on a separate firearms charge.a

Convicted felons are barred from owning firearms under federal law.

The five-time Grammy winner — who more recently made headlines for meeting with and voicing support for President Donald Trump — will face sentencing on January 28.

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Rapper Lil Wayne Faces Federal Gun Charge In Florida

(FILES) US rapper Lil Wayne was charged November 17, 2020 in Florida with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year — a federal offense that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

 

US rapper Lil Wayne was charged Tuesday in Florida with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year — a federal offense that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The 38-year-old artist, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, was found to be carrying a gun and bullets when police searched a private plane in Miami in December last year.

The Miami Herald reported that Lil Wayne — who has a home in south Florida — admitted the gold-plated pistol found in his luggage was his. He told police the weapon had been given to him as a Father’s Day gift.

Police also found what was believed to be cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, painkillers and more than $25,000 in cash, the newspaper said.

But the sole federal weapons charge filed in federal court in Miami stems from the fact that Lil Wayne was convicted more than a decade ago on a separate firearms charge.

Convicted felons are barred from owning firearms under federal law.

The five-time Grammy winner — who recently made headlines for meeting with and voicing support for President Donald Trump — is next due in court on December 11.

Lil Wayne Hospitalised After Seizures-Reports

Grammy-winning rap star Lil Wayne was taken to hospital on Sunday after suffering a seizure and being found unconscious in his Chicago hotel room.

Lil Wayne, 34, who has become one of the biggest names in rap music over a two-decade career, suffered a second seizure at the hospital and his representative confirmed that he had suffered multiple seizures.

The incident comes more than a year after the rap star, whose Grammy wins include the best rap album award in 2008 for “Tha Carter III,” was treated after suffering what his representatives called two minor seizures.

Four years ago, Lil Wayne, whose given name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, spent several days at a Los Angeles hospital, after which he told radio station Power 106 he was epileptic and prone to seizures.

Lil Wayne had been set to perform in Las Vegas late on Sunday night. The New Orleans-born rapper began his professional career aged nine, when he became the youngest artist to be signed by Cash Money Records.

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Pepsi Co Drops Lil Wayne Over Song Lyrics

International company Pepsi Co has said it is dropping Lil Wayne after he made an “offensive” reference to civil rights Martyr Emmett Till in his song.

The song leaked on the internet in February and Till’s family complained and demanded for an apology from Future Record’s company and Epic records.

But the controversy did not stop there. In a letter to Till’s family, Wayne called the reference “inappropriate” but stopped short of an apology.

Till, from Chicago, was beaten and murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman in the village of Money, Mississippi, where he was visiting family.

An all-white jury acquitted two white men of Till’s murder, sparking national outrage.

The trial is credited with mobilizing the civil rights movement and drawing attention to racial injustice and violence in America’s South.

Wayne, 30, had a deal to promote the company’s Mountain Dew soda.

In a statement, the company said the “offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand”.

A publicist for Wayne, Sarah Cunningham, said that the split was due to “creative differences” and that it was an amicable parting.
“That’s about all I can tell you at this time,” she added.

On Wednesday, Pepsi Co pulled a series of online ads for Mountain Dew by rapper Tyler, The Creator, which was criticized for embracing racial stereotypes and trivializing violence towards women.

Earlier this month, rapper Rick Ross also lost his deal with Reebok after he rapped about raping a woman who had been drugged.

Epic Records is owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a division of Sony Corp

Lil Wayne Says He Is Fine After Health Scare

U.S. rapper Lil Wayne said on Friday he was fine and thanked fans for their concern after a reported seizure that led  TMZ.com to claim he was in a medically induced coma and near death.

“I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love,” Wayne said in a Twitter message on his official account.

The 30-year-old rapper’s spokeswoman Sarah Cunningham said in an email that “Lil Wayne is recovering,” but did not specify what he was suffering from.

She was responding to a TMZ.com report citing unnamed sources which said Wayne was in critical condition, and near death, at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

Rapper Mack Maine said in a Twitter posting earlier that Wayne was “alive and well. We watching the Syracuse (basketball) game…thanks for the prayers and concern.”

Maine said fans should not “believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe.”

TMZ said the rapper was admitted to Cedars-Sinai for seizures and released on Wednesday. But the website said he was readmitted a few hours later after his bodyguard found him unconscious on the floor of his room. It said his mother was flying to Los Angeles on Friday to be at his bedside.

Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., has suffered several unexplained seizures in the past few months, including two in January while on a plane flight.

Wayne, a native of New Orleans, began rapping at the age of nine, when he became the youngest artist to be signed by Cash Money record label.

The “Got Money” rapper has released nine studio albums over a two decade career and has become one of the biggest names in rap music.

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Lil Wayne to Release Prison Memoirs

Lil Wayne will be releasing a book which has been a collection of his dairies written by him while in prison.

Lil Wayne whose real name is Dwayne Carter served eight months of a one year sentence in New York’s Rikers Island jail after pleading guilty to gun possession.

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He titled his book ‘Gone Till November’ is scheduled to hit the bookstores later this year.

Shawn Carter expressed thoughts on his family,children,the people he had dealings during his time outside,his plans for the future and lots more,all these he put down in the yet-to-be released book.

The book has been put in charge of Grand Central Publishing.

The book is set to be released on 28 November 2012.

Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Carter was born when his mother, a chef, was 19 years old.

His parents were divorced when he was 2, and his father permanently abandoned the family. Carter enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School.

He wrote his first rap song at age eight.

In the summer of 1991, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records. Carter recorded freestyle raps on Williams’s answering machine, leading him to mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs.

He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B.G.. At the time, Carter was 11, and B.G. was 14, and was billed as “The B.G.’z”.

When he was 12, he played the part of the Tin Man in his middle school drama club’s production of The Wiz.

At McMain Magnet School, Carter was an honor student, but he dropped out at the age of 14 to focus on a musical career