President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he’s granted yet another spate of pardons to 26 people, including his longtime ally Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared, CNN reported.
The move comes just a day after the president announced his decision to pardon or commute the sentences of 20 people, including three former congressmen, two subjects of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and four Blackwater guards who were involved in the 2007 killings of Iraqi civilians.
Trump on Tuesday said he was granting full pardons to former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, both of whom pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He also pardoned former Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York. Hunter pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance violations, and Collins admitted to securities fraud.
Trump additionally commuted the remaining sentence for Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in 2018 for multiple felonies, including fraud and money laundering.
Last month, Trump ― who will lose his pardoning power come Jan. 20 ― also pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who, like Papadopoulos and Van der Zwaan, admitted to lying to the FBI as part of the Mueller probe.
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