Donald Trump Allies Await Pardons News as Clock Ticks Down on Presidential Powers

President Donald Trump's window of opportunity for granting pardons is closing but past and present associates are still tipped to be among a flurry of pardons made on his final day in the White House.

Throughout his tenure, Trump has prompted controversy with the use of his clemency powers in regard to people with ties to him—and there has been speculation he could so again.

He has previously pardoned some associates who were caught up in the Russia probe, however Rick Gates, deputy chairman of Trump's 2016 campaign, has not been graced by such action.

Gates was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation in 2019, having earlier pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statement charges in a case stemming from the Mueller probe. He went from defendant to witness in the investigation, assisting with providing evidence to the special counsel.

"The president knows how much those of us who worked for him have suffered, and I hope he takes that into consideration if and when he grants any pardons," he previously told The New York Times. Trump did pardon Gates's former superior Paul Manafort, his 2016 campaign manager, in December.

Another former campaign associate who could benefit from a pardon is Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon was arrested last August, accused of defrauding donors to the "We Build The Wall" group which said it aimed to help the president in building a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

This reportedly raised $25 million and Bannon stood accused of taking over $1 million for himself, despite the fundraiser stating all money would go to the wall. He has pleaded not guilty.

Sources told Reuters he is not expected to be pardoned, despite rumors.

As for other former campaign allies, Trump's former fundraiser and ex-Republican National Committee Chairman Elliott Broidy pleaded guilty in October to a charge that he illegally lobbied the president to push him to drop an investigation into embezzlement in Malaysia.

He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of having conspired to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, with prosecutors having alleged he received millions of dollars to try to end the investigation, Reuters reported.

While past associates are touted, there is also speculation surrounding some still in the president's inner circle.

Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has not as yet been charged with any federal crimes though there is speculation of him receiving a pre-emptive pardon of some kind from the president.

Giuliani, however, has denied that he has sought one after The New York Times reported Trump had discussed such action with advisors.

The attorney has also rejected allegations he was involved in offering pardons for payments, as also reported by The New York Times.

"The claims that I asked for, or received, any compensation for a pardon for myself or anyone else is false, defamatory, and malicious," he tweeted.

Despite the speculation, Reuters also reported Giuliani is not expected to receive a pardon, citing anonymous sources.

There is also nothing to stop Trump pardoning family members and he could do this pre-emptively. There is speculation he and members of his family could face investigations over their conduct in the future.

The idea of Trump pardoning himself has also been discussed, though there is no precedent for this and his ability to do so is contentious.

A pardon can cover conduct that has not yet resulted in legal proceedings but might in the future. However, it cannot cover future conduct.

As well as those close to him, other supporters have been spoken of as potential pardon recipients. Several of those involved in the rioting at the Capitol on January 6 are looking for the president to pardon them as they face legal consequences for their actions.

Some have suggested they were doing what their president wanted them to do.

Trump has been urged not to grant such pardons by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

He said those who breached the security of the Capitol "should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

"To seek a pardon of these people would be wrong," Graham said on Fox News, while he insisted entering the Capitol had been their own choice and was not at the behest of Trump.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment on pardons.

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President Donald Trump greets his supporters at Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. There is speculation over him granting several pardons ahead of leaving office. Go Nakamura/Getty Images