Trump’s Pardons

Jaron McCutcheon, Writer

Now-former United States president Donald Trump has issued about 100 pardons on his final full day in office. The full list of people he’s pardoned can be found here, with notable people such as Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty in December of 2020 to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and Kodak Black, who has been in prison since late 2019, for two counts of making a false statement in connection with the acquisition or attempted acquisition of a firearm. In cases where the people may not be interesting, the reasons are.


Roger Stone, who was a member of Trump’s 2016 campaign, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison in November 2019 for five counts of making false statements to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing an official proceeding, in relation to his actions during the investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election.


Judith Negron was sentenced to 35 years in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, two counts of healthcare fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit money laundering, 16 counts of money laundering, and three counts of structuring to avoid reporting requirements. She had served 8 years before receiving her commutation, which relieved her of paying $87,000,000.

David Morris Barren was sentenced to 360 months of imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine, conspiracy to structure financial transactions, 31 counts of concealment money laundering, two counts of structuring, six counts of money laundering, eight counts of money laundering over $10,000, and two counts of promotion money laundering.


Jaime A. Davidson was a drug kingpin who was sentenced to life after ordering a robbery in 1990 that led to the murder of Syracuse, New York police officer Wallie Howard. Davidson was sentenced to life plus five years for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, four counts of distributing cocaine, murder of a DEA agent, murder of DEA agent in furtherance of drug conspiracy, and the use of firearm during drug trafficking crime. David has been serving since 1993 and was 52 at the time of commutation. He had been serving for 29 years.

The reason for many of these pardons seems to be unclear. The New York Times reported that allies and lobbyists were getting paid tens of thousands to lobby on behalf of felons. The list of pardons is expansive as Trump has granted executive clemency to 237 individuals during his entire presidency, with his latest being just as interesting as the previous.