President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned former campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, along with over a dozen others, including several former congressmen who have long needed Republican allies of the president

The White House said in a statement that Trump granted full pardons to 15 people and commuted part or all of sentences from five others. Among those granted pardon were former Republican Representatives Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York and four former Blackwater contractors convicted of murdering Iraqi civilians

Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in prison in March for misusing campaign funds.He pleaded guilty of corruption in December 2019 after prosecutors said he and his wife had more than a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds for their own use over several years “converted and stolen”

Collins, who became the first seated member of Congress to endorse Trump as president, pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in October 2019 and was sentenced to 26 months in prison in January

Papadopoulos is best known for playing a key role in the lengthy investigation into Russian electoral interference. Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor for Trump’s 2016 campaign, told an Australian diplomat while they were having a drink at a London wine bar that he heard that Russia has thousands of emails that would embarrass Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton

“I am thrilled to be pardoned,” Papadopoulos said in a statement sent through the editor of his book then pointed to an ongoing investigation by John Durham into handling the Russia investigation. “I look forward to that the contents of the Durham probe will be made public, which should only confirm why this President’s decision was informed and informed, “said Papadopoulos

He was sentenced to 14 days in prison and one year under custody release in September 2018 for lying to investigators. After being released from prison, he wrote a book called “Deep State Target: How Myself in the Crosshair.” was caught in the conspiracy to bring down President Trump “and led a failed campaign for Congress

Trump has also discussed pardoning members of his family and other employees, including Rudy Giuliani Several sources familiar with the matter reported this month.None of those names was on the list on Tuesday

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