President Trump announced the pardon on the last full day of his presidential term. The list of those pardoned includes rapper Lil Wayne and Ken Carson, a former member of the Ripple board of directors and founder of the crypto publication Modern Consensus. Earlier, the media reported that Trump may pardon Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the now defunct marketplace on the Silk Road darknet, who is serving a life sentence. Ulbricht, however, was never included in the list. According to The Daily Beast sources, Trump “sometimes privately expressed sympathy for the Ulbricht situation.” Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted 70 more. According to the FBI, Ken Carson sent threatening messages to people he deemed guilty for his divorce from his wife. The investigation, which had been in preparation for several years, thwarted Carson’s appointment to the US National Endowment for the Humanities in 2018. Carson was editor-in-chief of the New York Observer from 2013 to 2017. The newspaper was owned by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Carson also participated in the presidential campaign of Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers.