President Trump had one last pardon up his sleeve or was lobbied hard as he flew home to Florida because he just issued one final pardon.
Trump just pardoned the ex-husband of Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. President Trump gave a full pardon to Albert J. Pirro, Jr., according to a White House spokesperson who informed reporters after the plane landed in Florida.
Albert Pirro was convicted in 2000 of conspiracy and tax evasion for illegally deducting over $1 million in personal expenses as business write-offs.
From The Hill:
The conviction came at the same time Jeanine Pirro was serving as the Westchester County district attorney and was considered a contender for the GOP nomination to run for U.S. Senate in New York.
The Pirros were married from 1975-2013.
Jeanine Pirro has been one of Trump’s most outspoken defenders on Fox News, and the president called in to her Saturday night show periodically. She was spotted at the White House multiple times throughout Trump’s term.
The pardon for Albert Pirro came roughly 10 hours after Trump granted clemency to more than 100 people in one of his final acts as president, and it again reflected how most of the president’s pardons and commutations were given to allies or politically connected individuals.
Trump announced a wave of pardons and commutations shortly after midnight on Wednesday for former chief strategist Steve Bannon, rapper Lil Wayne, GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D).
With less than an hour left in office, President Trump granted one more pardon — this time to Albert Pirro Jr, the ex-husband of Judge Jeanine Pirro, who was convicted on conspiracy and tax evasion charges.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 20, 2021
Trump granted one additional pardon in final hours of his presidency to Albert J. Pirro, the ex-husband of Trump ally and Fox News personality Judge Jeanine Pirro. (Via WH pool)
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 20, 2021