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Trump plans declassifications and possible pardons before retreating to Palm Beach

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President Donald Trump walks to the White House, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Washington. Trump is returning to Washington after visiting his Mar-a-Lago resort. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Today, on January 15, documents related to the investigation of alleged collusion between members of the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration and Russia regarding the U.S. presidential election will be declassified. This was reported by Fox News, citing a source from U.S. Senate.

According to Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts, the declassified documents will include various depositions, transcripts, and interviews.

The “Russiagate” probe is dated back to 2016, when the Senate Intelligence Committee published a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

President Trump continues to refer to the investigation as a “hoax”, which was meant to undermine his presidency.

Also, President Donald Trump has prepared a sweeping list of individuals he’s hoping to pardon in the final days of his administration which includes senior White House officials, family members, and prominent rappers, according to people familiar with the matter.

Preemptive pardons are under discussion for top White House officials who have not been charged with crimes, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Stephen Miller, personnel chief John McEntee, and social media director Dan Scavino.

The president’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, her husband, Jared Kushner, who both hold White House positions, are also under consideration for a pardon, the people said. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has also reportedly discussed a possible pardon with the president.

In addition, Trump is reportedly considering pardoning celebrities including rapper Lil Wayne as well as rapper Kodak Black, who is serving time for falsifying paperwork to obtain a firearm.

Trump is hoping to announce the pardons on Tuesday, Jan. 19 — his final full day in office.

Then, President Trump reportedly will fly to his Palm Beach International airport and retreat to his Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago, the morning of Joe Biden’s inaugural. Trump will make the resort his permanent home for now. It is still now clear where his son Barron will attend school, possibly Pinecrest Academy in Fort Lauderdale.