The President pardoned former advisor Steve Bannon who was charged by highly political New York prosecutors.
The President also pardoned rapper Lil Wayne, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and commuted the sentences of 70 individuals.
Trump failed to issue pardon to Julian Assange who is facing possible extradition to the United States from the UK for his involvement in WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks released confidential United States documents and military records that shed light on violence committed by the U.S. army overseas and U.S. government espionage, among many other things. Prominent leaks included “the Baghdad airstrike Collateral Murder video (April 2010), the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), and Cablegate (November 2010)”.
Assange’s mother expressed her disapointement on Twitter: “My journalist son Julian Assange brutally persecuted for doing more to expose the deep state than any other journalist in history.. is not on the list”.
Edward Snowden, a hero to many for exposing the U.S. government’s unconstitutional practices of global and domestic surveillance, among other revelations, leaked confidential material extracted from his job at the National Security Agency.
Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia. He advocated for the pardon of Assange, which Trump failed to deliver.
Supporters of President Trump and partisans from both left-wing politics and right-wing politics showed disappointment in Trump’s failure to pardon two individuals who have given up their freedom to reveal surveillance and crimes to the American People.
Trump also failed to pardon Ross Ulbricht, the creator of Silk Road, serving a double life sentence for creating a marketplace with the main intent of ending the unsuccessful drug war.