President Trump issued a flurry of pardons and commutations on his final day in office, rewarding a handful of longtime allies and well-connected celebrities, including his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and onetime fundraiser Elliott Broidy.
The White House released the list of 143 pardons and commutations at 12:50 a.m.—less than eight hours before the president was set to leave for Florida—as Mr. Trump’s deliberations over who should receive clemency stretched late into the last full day of his term. That list included 73 pardons and 70 commutations.
Of those ultimately granted clemency in the final hours of the Trump presidency, 18 were endorsed by the Justice Department office that reviews pardon applications, while the rest were recommended by an array of political leaders, criminal-justice reformers and other allies of the president.
With less than an hour left before his presidency ended, the White House announced the president had issued one more pardon: for Albert Pirro Jr., the ex-husband of Fox News host and Trump adviser Jeanine Pirro. In 2000, Mr. Pirro was convicted of conspiracy and tax evasion.
On Tuesday, the president was still calling advisers to ask them how he should proceed on certain pardons and waffled repeatedly over whether to grant one to Mr. Bannon, a person familiar with the conversations said.