US President Donald Trump is expected to spend his last full day in office issuing a flurry of pardons and bidding farewell to the US public from a near-deserted White House and surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside.
In one of his final acts as president, Trump was expected to grant clemency to as many as 100 people, according to two people briefed on the plans.
The list of pardons and commutations is expected to include names unfamiliar to the US public - regular people who have spent years languishing in prison - as well as politically-connected friends and allies like those he's pardoned in the past.
Trump also has been using his final days in office to issue steady a stream of executive orders as he tries to lock in initiatives that president-elect Joe Biden is likely to ignore.
Trump has also recorded a video offering a final message to the US public before a farewell event at nearby Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday morning.
Once there, he will board Air Force One for a final time, flying to Florida and becoming the first outgoing president in more than a century to skip the inauguration of his successor.
Australian Associated Press