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Who will Trump pardon? As pundits and activists continue to make the case for Assange, Joe Exotic's reportedly on the list

Added 01-19-21 07:37:03am EST - “Donald Trump is expected to pardon more than 100 people hours before leaving the White House on Wednesday, prompting a flurry of speculation and hand-wringing about who they might be.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Who will Trump pardon? As pundits and activists continue to make the case for Assange, Joe Exotic’s reportedly on the list”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Last-minute pardons have become a tradition for outgoing presidents. In theory, the power is supposed to be used to overturn wrongful convictions or excessively harsh sentences, but past administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have granted mercy to friends and political allies. 

Trump is expected to honor this somewhat seedy custom. He has already used this privilege to pardon his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as well as Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, Jared. While some of the names announced tomorrow will likely be the beneficiaries of nepotism, many are still hoping the president will show mercy for more ‘deserving’ individuals, such as WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange. However, if the reports are accurate, it appears that the meth-head from ‘Tiger King’ is a higher priority for Trump. Pundits and activists have their own wishlist, but who will make the cut?

Judging by social media chatter, Assange would be a top pardon pick if the matter was put to a vote. The WikiLeaks co-founder, whose fate is still uncertain after a London court blocked his extradition to the US, has received support from a broad range of pundits, politicians and activists. Assange could spend the rest of his life in prison, after being charged in the US with espionage for publishing classified documents, some of which exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Full Tucker Carlson Segment Calling For President Trump To Pardon Julian Assange"[Trump] can achieve a major victory for the principles that this country was founded on & that make it a good place to live.""Make a statement in our defense, defend the Bill of Rights." pic.twitter.com/hQIkONpAgs

The campaign to secure Assange’s release has attracted left-wing voices such as talk show host Jimmy Dore, as well as conservative talking heads such as Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Even former Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has urged Trump to grant Assange his freedom. 

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