WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump was expected to spend his last full day in office issuing a flurry of pardons and bidding farewell to the American public from a near-deserted White House and surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside.
In one of his final acts as president, Trump was expected to grant clemency to as many as 100 people, according to two people briefed on the plans. The list of pardons and commutations is expected to include names unfamiliar to the American public regular people who have spent years languishing in prison as well as politically-connected friends and allies like those hes pardoned in the past.
Trump also has been using his final days in office to issue steady a stream of executive orders as he tries to lock in initiatives that President-elect Joe Biden is likely to ignore. Trump has also recorded a video offering a final message to the American people before a farewell event at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday morning.
Aides had urged Trump to spend his final days in office participating in a series of legacy-burnishing events speeches highlighting his administrations efforts to lower taxes, scale back federal regulations and…