Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say

The pardons are one of several items Trump must complete before his presidency ends in days. White House officials also still have executive orders prepared, and the President is still hopeful to declassify information related to the Russia probe before he leaves office. But with a waning number of administration officials still in jobs, the likelihood that any of it gets done seemed to be shrinking.

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Daily Kos: Capitol Siege the culmination of the GOP’s long embrace of authoritarianism

This radical authoritarianism was evident not just in the intent of the Capitol siege—an insurrectionist attempt to force Congress to overturn the known results of the November presidential election—but in the faces and voices of the men and women who comprised Wednesday’s mob.

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Trump pardons Republican thieves, co-conspirators, and war criminals

Receiving pardons tonight—and surely, there will be many more coming—are George Papadopoulos and Alex van der Zwaan, who both pled guilty to lying to federal investigators probing Russian hacking and propaganda efforts on behalf of Trump. Also receiving pardons are three Republican congressmen caught committing crimes in office.

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Bannon has been telling friends he and Trump occasionally speak, source says

Trump distanced himself from Bannon on Thursday following the conservative firebrand’s arrest on charges of fraud stemming from his involvement in a private funding project for a wall along portions of the US-Mexico border.

But according to the source, Bannon has boasted of his conversations with Trump as recently as a few months ago. The source said Bannon described his discussions with Trump as sounding board sessions covering a variety of topics.

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Top State Dept. Officials Enabled Misconduct by Pompeo, Whistle-Blower Said

WASHINGTON — A State Department employee who reported witnessing misconduct by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as hearing “numerous firsthand accounts” of such behavior was blocked from further addressing the issue by top department officials who were protecting Mr. Pompeo, according to a newly public copy of the employee’s whistle-blower complaint.

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