Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Above: Rep. Duncan Hunter arrives in federal court in downtown San Diego on December 3, 2019

President Donald Trump pardoned 15 people Tuesday, including Republican allies, a 2016 campaign official involved in the Russia investigation, and former government corporations convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad

Trump also commuted sentences of five people While it is not uncommon for presidents to grant mercy on the way to the door, Trump has made it clear that he has no qualms about interfering in the cases of friends and allies, of whom he believes they have been treated unfairly. Despite speculation, however, members of Trump’s own family, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the president himself were not on the list

The pardons included former Republican Rep Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York Trump changed ex-Rep’s verdict to include Steve Stockman of Texas

Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Trump as president, was sentenced to two years and two months in prison after admitting that he helped his son and others suffer 800 stock market lossesDodging $ 000 when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed

Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty of stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outing with friends to his daughter’s birthday party

Trump also announced pardons for allies implicated in the Russia investigation.One of them was Trump’s presidency for nearly two years for George Papadopoulos, his 2016 campaign advisor, whose conversation inadvertently helped spark the Russia investigation He also pardoned Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch attorney who was sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying to investigators during Robert Mueller’s investigation

Van der Zwaan and Papadopoulos are the third and fourth defendants in the Russian investigation to have been granted pardon Criminal charges against half a dozen employees resulted in

Last month, Trump pardoned former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty twice to lying to the FBI, and reversed the verdict of another employee, Roger Stone, months earlier, days before reporting to jail should

In the group announced on Tuesday evening, four former government contractors were convicted of a 2007 massacre in Baghdad that killed more than a dozen Iraqi civilians and sparked international riot over the use of private security forces in a war zone / p>

Supporters of Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard, the former Blackwater Worldwide contractors, had campaigned for pardons, arguing that the men had been excessively punished in an investigation and prosecution they said they had been stricken with problems and withheld exculpatory evidence. All four were serving long sentences

The pardons reflected Trump’s apparent willingness to dispel doubts to American soldiers and contractors when it comes to acts of violence against civilians in war zones. For example, last November he pardoned a former U. Army command due to be on trial next year to kill an alleged Afghan bomb maker and a former army lieutenant convicted of murder for ordering his men to shoot three Afghans

“Paul Slough and his colleagues didn’t deserve a minute in jail,” said Brian Heberlig, attorney for one of the four pardoned Blackwater defendants. “I am overwhelmed with emotion at this fantastic news”

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