Trump’s pardons to his friends point to recognition that he has to leave office in 2021 | The State

Trump's pardons to his friends point to recognition that he has to leave office in 2021

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

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WASHINGTON – The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, granted this Wednesday pardons to Charles kushner, father of his son-in-law Jared kushner, as well as his former collaborators Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.

The three are included in a list of 29 people pardoned by Trump, who this Tuesday already granted clemency to another 20.

Kushner, 66, served two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to 16 crimes of tax evasion, one of retaliation against a federal witness and another for lying to the Federal Election Commission.

The witness against whom he retaliated was his brother-in-law, his sister’s husband, who was collaborating with the investigation and whom he recorded and later sent the tape to his sister.

Kushner’s pardon was one of the most anticipated since his conviction left a deep mark on the family of Jared Kushner, husband of their eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Slap prosecutors of the Russian plot

For their part, the pardons to Manafort and Stone, also expected, represent a boost from Trump to his faithful collaborators and also a slap in the face to the prosecutors who investigated the Russian plot and who convicted them.

Manafort was sentenced to seven years in prison for various financial crimes, while Stone, whose sentence had already been commuted by Trump before he entered prison, to 40 months for lying to Congress, tampering with witnesses and obstruction.

Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign manager, served two years in jail before being placed under house arrest in May on the risk of the pandemic.

Other pardons

This Wednesday’s pardons come 24 hours after Trump pardoned two other former collaborators convicted in the investigation into the Russian plot, four contractors of a private military company implicated in the murder of civilians in Iraq and three corrupt former Republican congressmen .

One of these former congressmen was Duncan Hunter, convicted of embezzlement of campaign funds and whose ex-wife, Margaret Hunter, also convicted, received clemency on Wednesday.

For days it had been rumored about a package of Christmas pardons by Trump, who will have to leave power on January 20.

In fact, the pardons are an indicator that even though Trump has not acknowledged his defeat in the November elections against the Democrat Joe biden, is aware that he will have to leave power.

Among those pardoned, however, no one of Trump’s closest collaborators, such as his relatives or his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, appears at the moment, as had also been rumored.

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