President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned more than two dozen people, including longtime confidant Roger Stone, former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his son-in-law’s father, Charles Kushner.
Trump first opposed Stone’s sentence in July this year, but offered Stone a full pardon, citing his age and health status. Manafort, who was sentenced to 47 months in prison last year on fraud and tax charges, was also offered a full pardon.
The White House “overcame prosecution” in Manafort’s case and accused Stone of “possible political bias” in his jury trial.
On Tuesday, Trump pardoned more than a dozen people, including former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who was sentenced to 14 days in a federal lockup for lying to investigators in connection with Special Counsel Robert Muller’s Russia investigation, and in September He was sentenced to one year in 2018. .
Former GOP congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins also made the presidential list on Tuesday, with the two first to back Trump for the presidency among Republicans.
Hunter was scheduled to begin an 11-month federal prison sentence in January for one count of misuse of campaign funds. Last year, Collins was sentenced to 26 months in prison for pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements to the FBI. Both men were granted full pardons.