US President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted full pardon to another 26 people, including ex-campaign chief and one of the prime suspects in the Russia investigation Paul Manafort. Trump has also once again decided to pardon political assistant Roger Stone and the father of his son-in-law, Charles Kushner.
Last year, Manafort was found guilty of, among other things, conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and failure to register as a ‘foreign agent’ for Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government.
Trump’s ex-campaign chief was one of the prime suspects in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia. US intelligence agencies have determined that the Russians were trying to influence the 2016 presidential election. Manafort now no longer has to serve his prison sentence of more than six years.
Roger Stone, a Republican Party strategy officer who conducted background research on political opponents, was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress, obstructing justice and improperly influencing witnesses. Trump had previously commuted Stone’s sentence to a lesser sentence.
Charles Kushner, father of Jared Kushner, husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is also pardoned. Kushner, a real estate developer like Trump, was convicted in 2005 of campaign money fraud, tax evasion, and unauthorized witness influence. Kushner was released in 2006 after serving two years in prison.
In addition to 26 full petitions of clemency Trump granted on Wednesday, the president reduced the sentences of three others.
Dozens of pardon decisions in two days
In two days, the American president has pardoned dozens of convicts. Tuesday Trump pardoned Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, former campaign manager George Papadopoulos and thirteen others.
Now that his days as president of the United States are numbered, Trump has pardoned many convicted confidants. Trump also recently pardoned former adviser Michael Flynn.
With the pardon decisions, Trump wants to rectify the “ injustice ” he believes was done by the Mueller team. In addition to Manafort, Flynn, Van der Zwaan and Papadopoulus also played a role in the Mueller study.