Kickbacks for many, but not for all.
'After weeks of speculation, Donald Trump has completed one of his final acts as US President, revealing the full list – and quite a long one at that – of Americans who he would grant a presidential pardon.
'There have been wild rumours almost since Mr Trump was defeated by Joe Biden in November’s presidential election about who he would choose to grant clemency to: everyone from Tiger King Joe Exotic – who reportedly had a limo waiting out the front of his prison – to the outgoing President’s three eldest children and even himself.
'In the end, Mr Trump gave full pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentence of an additional 70.
'And while he surprisingly snubbed his family – as well as personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, who had been heavily-predicted picks – there was one controversial inclusion, made at the 11th hour, that people have claimed shows America’s 46th President stayed “corrupt to the end”.
'In “a final middle finger to his supporters”, one Twitter user wrote, Mr Trump decided to pardon his influential former adviser Steve Bannon – a man yet to even stand trial on the charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud he was dealt last August.
'Mr Bannon allegedly ripped off donors to a fundraising campaign for the building of the outgoing President’s infamous US-Mexico border wall.
“Criminal presidents that have been impeached twice shouldn’t be able to pardon other criminals,” another user wrote in reaction to the news, while someone else said the news made them “sick to my stomach”.
World reacts to Donald Trump’s full list of presidential pardons (news.com.au)