Jan 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump’s final act as president: Pardoning Jeanine Pirro’s ex-husband

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport
Outgoing President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

With just over 30 minutes left in his presidency, President Trump issued a full pardon to Albert J. Pirro Jr., ex-husband of Fox News firebrand and Trump defender Jeanine Pirro.

Why it matters: This was Trump's final act as president, and he issued the pardon during Joe Biden's inauguration.

Details: Albert Pirro was sentenced to 29 months in federal prison in 2000 on charges of conspiracy and tax evasion.

  • The final pardon comes after Trump issued 143 pardons and commutations just after 1am on Wednesday, many of which went to his allies engulfed in corruption scandals.
  • The pardons include one for his former chief strategist Steve Bannon; former top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and rapper Lil Wayne.

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