The White House issued a new list of 26 people who received a presidential pardon and 3 people whose sentences were commuted.
The outgoing US President Donald Trump pardoned more allies, including Jared Kushner’s father, to join a long list of figures included in the US President’s pardon in the last days of his term.
In a statement, the White House said that in addition to pardoning Charles Kushner – the father of his brother-in-law – Trump also pardoned his 2016 campaign head Paul Manafort and his longtime ally Roger Stone.
Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, was found guilty of tax fraud.
Manafort was sentenced to 7 and a half years in the context of the Russian interference case in the 2016 US elections. Earlier, Trump reduced the criminal sentence against Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to lawmakers under oath.
For his part, Manafort commented on Twitter on the pardon, saying, “Mr. President, we humbly thank you, my family and I, for this presidential pardon that you have given me. Words are not enough to express our gratitude.”
On Wednesday, Trump pardoned 15 people, including former aides and former Republican members of Congress.
Among those who enjoyed pardon yesterday, 4 former security guards in the “Blackwater” company were convicted of committing a massacre that left 14 civilians dead in Baghdad in 2007 and sentenced to long prison terms, a massacre that sparked an international uproar over the use of private contractors in war zones.
The White House included the names of Nicholas Slaten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard in the amnesty list it published, which provides for amnesty to 15 convicts in full and commutation of five others.
The White House statement stated that the exemption decision enjoys “broad support from public opinion and elected officials,” adding that what it described as the four combatants “has a long history of serving their country.”
The list also included George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide, Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwan, who pleaded guilty during Mueller’s investigations into Russian interference in the US elections, former congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins, as well as two border guards convicted of shooting an immigrant. Illegal 2006.
At the end of last month, Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was convicted of lying about his contacts with Russia during the investigation into Trump’s campaign collusion with Moscow.
“The president’s pardon is limited, and he cannot pardon convicts for state-level crimes and civil cases, in addition to those related to his removal. Otherwise, he can issue pardons for any criminal conviction,” said former Assistant Attorney General John Yu. The motive behind these pardons can be criticized. But that does not detract from the legitimacy and constitutionality of this authority. “
A study of Trump’s pardons says that 88% of them are linked in one way or another to Donald Trump’s economic or political interests.
US House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Trump’s pardons of Paul Manafort and Roger Stone did not serve justice.
“President Trump is giving rewards to his co-conspirators,” Nadler added.
The head of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee announced that there are prisoners who deserve pardon, but Trump only pardons the liars.
“There is no rule of law with Trump, and he only cares about what serves his personal interest,” he said.
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden announced that Trump’s pardon increases the damage he will do to democracy in his remaining days as president.
He added that every Republican senator who has enabled Trump to abuse power during his term must be held accountable.