Trump departs White House, issues pardons in last hours of presidency

ABC News' chief Washington correspondent Jon Karl updates who will be at the farewell ceremony as the outgoing president's impeachment trial looms.
2:30 | 01/20/21

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Okay, Cecilia, thanks very much. Let's bring in Jon Karl for more on this right now and, Jon, we have civic rituals to symbolize a peaceful transfer the power. The presidents usually meet and ride to the capitol together, not this morning. Reporter: Donald Trump, George, has less than an hour left in the white house here. I spotted just outside the west wing one last moving truck as you mentioned. Normally these last moments in the white house for an outgoing president are spent with the incoming president, shows them around, none of this is happening. Instead Donald Trump in a little less than an hour will board marine one on the south lawn and fly to joint base Andrews and there is a little bit of a farewell ceremony with some military fanfare where president trump will make some final remarks, walk up the red carpet and take one last ride on air force one heading to Florida. One note here, George, I noticed that the beast, the presidential limo is actually out by Blair house where Joe Biden stayed last night. Normally the beast would be the vehicle that the two incoming and outgoing presidents would take up to the capitol building. It looks like Biden will get use of that presidential limo. That is something I've never seen before. Usually it's only the actual president of the United States, Biden will get a little bit early solo use of the presidential limo, it looks like. That is different, okay, Jon. In the meantime, we did see pardons and commutations overnight continuing this tradition he's had of protecting his political cronies. Reporter: Yeah, a bunch of pardons and commutations over 140 of them but the one that really stood out was Steve Bannon. Steve Bannon, of course, was the chief strategist here at the white house. He was the chairman of his presidential campaign. Steve Bannon had been charged with as part of a scheme allegedly defrauding trump supporters actually raising $25 million for an organization called we build the wall, very little of wall was actually built with that $25 million and I got to tell you if you look at the pardons overall pardons and commutations that Donald Trump has given, not just the ones last night but over the past period of months look at these, all people tied to his first presidential campaign, George. Really quite a list of very key players in his campaign in 2016. Jon Karl, thanks very much.

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