Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters
“On a personal level, it’s hard to hold any personal animosity or venom toward the individual,” Bhandari said. And many of the names on Trump’s last list were conventional and non-controversial selections, including relatively anonymous drug offenders seen as having rehabilitated themselves during long stays in prison. For instance, joining Cunningham on the pardon list was Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist. The pardon nullified the case while the trial was still months away, eliminating the prospect for any punishment for Bannon. In the final minutes of his term, Trump pardoned Al Pirro, the ex-husband of Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro, in a tax evasion case.