Charles Kushner was convicted of tax evasion and inducing false testimony
Trump on Wednesday pardoned Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, two of his main campaign advisers in 2016 who were serving prison after not cooperating in the investigation of the Russian plot in the presidential elections, and Charles Kushner, the father of Jared Kushner, the Ivanka Trump’s husband, plus 23 other people.
This is Trump’s second major round of presidential pardons after his election defeat and, like this Tuesday, is littered with names related to him and the Republican Party.
According to a compilation by Harvard professor Jack Goldsmith, echoed by ‘The New York Times, 60 of the last 65 pardons that Trum had issued were related to himself or were people who have supported his political goals.
Roger Stone, whose sentence had already been commuted by Trump this July, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress, inciting perjury and obstructing the House of Representatives investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
For his part, Paul Manafort was serving a sentence of seven and a half years for his role in a multi-million dollar financial fraud. He thanked the president on Twitter for the pardon and assured him that he “truly made America great,” in reference to Trump’s campaign slogan.
Trump has always defended the innocence of both and has publicly valued the possibility of their pardon, while they have never fully collaborated with Justice.
Previously, he had also pardoned his former National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, his assistant George Papadopoulos and lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, all involved in the Russian plot and indicted by the team of the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, in the investigation carried out. carried out in 2017.
Among the others pardoned is Charles Kushner, who had pleaded guilty to 16 crimes of tax evasion, misleading his brother-in-law and lying to the Federal Election Commission.
Margaret Hunter has been pardoned a day after her husband and former Republican director Duncan Hunter received the same treatment after being convicted of using campaign funds for personal expenses.
The other 20 pardons have been granted to people who had committed crimes of a lesser nature such as possession of weapons or cybercrimes, according to CNN.