President Donald Trump on Dec. 23 issued pardons for another 26 people, among whom are former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and longtime adviser Roger Stone.
He also pardoned Charles Kushner, a real estate developer and the father of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The president also commuted part or all of the sentences for three other people.
The new action, coming just after Trump arrived in Palm Beach, Florida, for the holiday season, marks a second wave of clemency acts in the last two days, raising the number of individuals whom Trump has pardoned or commuted to 49.
Manafort and Stone were among the Trump associates who faced charges as a part of Robert Mueller’s investigation of suspected Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election.
The White House announced that Manafort’s sentence stemmed from convictions prosecuted in Mueller’s investigation, which was “premised on the Russian collusion hoax.”
“Mr. Manafort has already spent two years in prison, including a stretch of time in solitary confinement—treatment worse than what many of the most violent criminals receive. As a result of blatant prosecutorial overreach, Mr. Manafort has endured years of unfair treatment and is one of the most prominent victims of what has been revealed to be perhaps the greatest witch hunt in American history,” the White House statement reads.
“As Mr. Manafort’s trial judge observed, prior to the Special Counsel investigation, Mr. Manafort had led an ‘otherwise blameless life.’ Since May, Mr. Manafort has been released to home confinement as a result of COVID-19 concerns.”
In May 2017, then-Special Counsel Mueller took over the FBI’s investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mueller’s report in 2019 reported that while Russia was attempting to intervene in the election, there was no evidence to suggest that Trump or any other U.S. citizen was intentionally colluding with Russia prior to the election, according to The Epoch Times.
Kushner, the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to 18 counts of tax evasion, tampering with witnesses and making illegal campaign contributions.
The White House has reported that Kushner has been committed to major philanthropy organizations and causes since the conclusion of his sentence in 2006, including the Saint Barnabas Medical Center and United Cerebral Palsy.
The White House’s statement on Charles Kushner, Stone, and Manafort
Charles Kushner — President Trump granted a full pardon to Charles Kushner. Former United States Attorney for the District of Utah Brett Tolman and the American Conservative Union’s Matt Schlapp and David Safavian support a pardon of Mr. Kushner. Since completing his sentence in 2006, Mr. Kushner has been devoted to important philanthropic organizations and causes, such as Saint Barnabas Medical Center and United Cerebral Palsy. This record of reform and charity overshadows Mr. Kushner’s conviction and 2 year sentence for preparing false tax returns, witness retaliation, and making false statements to the FEC.
Paul Manafort — Today, President Trump has issued a full and complete pardon to Paul Manafort, stemming from convictions prosecuted in the course of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, which was premised on the Russian collusion hoax. Mr. Manafort has already spent two years in prison, including a stretch of time in solitary confinement – treatment worse than what many of the most violent criminals receive. As a result of blatant prosecutorial overreach, Mr. Manafort has endured years of unfair treatment and is one of the most prominent victims of what has been revealed to be perhaps the greatest witch hunt in American history. As Mr. Manafort’s trial judge observed, prior to the Special Counsel investigation, Mr. Manafort had led an “otherwise blameless life.” Since May, Mr. Manafort has been released to home confinement as a result of COVID-19 concerns.
Roger Stone — Today, President Trump granted a full and unconditional pardon to Roger Stone, Jr. President Trump had previously commuted Mr. Stone’s sentence in July of this year. Mr. Stone is a 68-year-old man with numerous medical conditions. Due to prosecutorial misconduct by Special Counsel Mueller’s team, Mr. Stone was treated very unfairly. He was subjected to a pre-dawn raid of his home, which the media conveniently captured on camera. Mr. Stone also faced potential political bias at his jury trial. Pardoning him will help to right the injustices he faced at the hands of the Mueller investigation.
President Trump also granted pardons and commutations to the following people:
- James Kassouf
- Mary McCarty
- Cristopher Wade
- Christopher Anthony Bryant
- Cesar Lozada
- Joseph Martin Stephens
- Andrew Barron Worden
- Robert Coughlin
- John Boultbee and Peter Atkinson
- Joseph Occhipinti
- Rebekah Charleston
- Rickey Kanter
- Topeka Sam
- James Batmasian
- William J. Plemons
- Jr., Russell Plaisance
- Daniela Gozes-Wagner
- Mark Siljander
- Stephanie Mohr
- Gary Brugman
- John Tate and Jesse Benton
- Margaret Hunter
- Mark Shapiro
- Irving Stitsky.
On Dec. 22, Trump pardoned two other people convicted amid Mueller’s investigation, including former campaign associate George Papadopoulos.