A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations
WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second straight year, President Donald Trump issued a pardon and commutation round in the final weeks of his presidency, granting a full pardon to his former campaign chairman, his son-in-law's father, and one of his allies Special investigation Robert Mueller's investigation convicted.
The list also included people whose asking for forgiveness was encouraged by those who supported the president during his tenure, including conservative media personalities and Republican lawmakers.
A look at the 29 people who were granted pardon or mercy on Wednesday.
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Manafort was Trump's former campaign chairman and was among the first to be indicted in Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 campaign. In May, he was released from a low-security federal prison to serve his sentence on concerns about the coronavirus. He had been detained since June 2018 before his release and served more than seven years in prison after being convicted.
Manafort was prosecuted in two federal courts and convicted in 2018 by a jury in federal court in Virginia and later found guilty in Washington. He was convicted and immediately charged with state charges in New York last March after prosecutors accused him of false information on a mortgage loan application. A New York judge threw back the mortgage fraud charges, ruling the criminal trial was too similar to one that Manafort had already landed in jail. Prosecutors appealed the ruling last month.
Stone was a longtime friend and ally of the President. He was also convicted in Mueller's investigation for lied to Congress, manipulated witnesses and obstructed the House's investigation into whether Trump's campaign had worked with Russia to win the 2016 election.
Trump commuted his sentence in July, just days before he was due to report to federal prison. On Wednesday he gave Stone a full apology.
The pardon for Manafort and Stone underscores the president's continued anger over Mueller's investigation and is part of the president's continued efforts to rewrite the narrative of a probe that shadowed his presidency for two years.
Kushner is the father of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and a wealthy real estate manager who pleaded guilty years ago to tax evasion and illegal campaign donations. The two knew each other from real estate circles and their children were married in 2009. Trump apologized for him on Wednesday.
The New Jersey-born Kushner pleaded guilty to 18 cases, including witness manipulation. He was sentenced to two years in prison in 2005 but resumed his career in real estate and his company Kushner Cos. Bought the famous Watchtower Complex with the Brooklyn Bridge, the former headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Kushner was also a major Democratic donor, agreeing to pay $ 508,900 to the federal electoral commission after violating contribution rules by not receiving from partners assigned campaign contributions of more than $ 500,000 OK received. But he donated more than $ 100,000 to Trump's 2015 campaign.
Hunter is the wife of former US Representative Duncan Hunter, whom Trump pardoned on Tuesday. Together with her husband, she was convicted of conspiracy to abuse campaign funds and given three years probation. Her husband, a Southern California Republican, pleaded guilty to stealing about $ 150,000 from campaign funds to pay for a lavish lifestyle, from vacations to trips with friends, private school classes and his daughter's birthday party.
JOHN TATE AND JESSE BENTON
The men were top contributors to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign and were convicted in 2016 for submitting false records and campaign spending reports to the Bundestag Electoral Commission. Prosecutors said Tate, Benton and a third campaign official tried to hide payments of $ 73,000 to former Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson for helping Paul. They argue that they didn't break any law by hiding third party payments for campaigns.
The White House said the pardons would be sponsored by a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who is also the son of Ron Paul.
The former Maryland police officer was convicted in 2001 of violating the civil rights of a homeless person by allowing her police dog to attack her when he surrendered. Prosecutors said after the man surrendered, Mohr let go of her police dog and the dog bit the man's leg, which required ten stitches. Mohr, the first dog handler for the Prince George's County Police Department, served 10 years in prison.
She was convicted of violating the civil rights of the man under the color of authority. Another officer on trial on the case was acquitted.
The former US border guard was convicted of striking and violating the civil rights of a man who illegally crossed the US border. According to court records, Brugman and other border guards stopped a group of people who were crossing the border illegally. During the encounter, he hit one of the men with the foot, pushed him to the ground, and hit the man with his hands.
The man later filed a complaint when he was detained at a border guard station. Brugman had worked as a border guard in Eagle Pass, Texas, for four years.
He served 27 months in prison. The White House said his pardon was backed by several Republican Congressmen and conservative media figures, including Laura Ingraham, Sara Carter, Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs, along with former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, who was also convicted of a federal crime and of Trump pardoned.
McCarty, a former county commissioner in Palm Beach County, Florida, was excused Wednesday. She was convicted of honest service fraud on a federal criminal complaint.
When sentenced, prosecutors said she had abused her position as district commissioner to "personally enrich herself, her husband and her employees through a series of municipal bond transactions" and to receive gifts and tips from those involved with the Board of Directors of Doing Business County Commissioners.
The White House said her apology was backed by former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi and Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media.
The former Southwest Michigan congressman was convicted of obstruction of justice and lack of registration as a foreign agent. He was sentenced to more than a year in prison after accused of accepting stolen funds on behalf of a Missouri charity with alleged terrorism links.
Prosecutors said a staff member pledged to hire Siljander to campaign for the charity to be removed from a government list of charities suspected of funding international terrorism. The charity closed in October 2004 after being classified as a global terrorist organization by the US government
CHRISTOPHER II X, formerly CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY BRYANT
The prominent Louisville, Kentucky community leader received a full apology for his federal drug charge conviction. He was also pardoned for state crimes by the Kentucky Governor in 2019.
The White House said he was a "strong example of the possibility of salvation", citing his struggle to overcome drug addiction and his work with charitable and community groups in Kentucky.
Coughlin worked for the Justice Department and was convicted of a conflict of interest for his role in the influence scandal surrounding former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He admitted in court in 2009 that he had supported Abramoff's lobbying team and its customers while accepting free meals and drinks, tickets to sporting events and concerts from Abramoff's lobbying partner Kevin Ring. He received a full pardon.
Occhipinti was a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service agent when he was convicted of conspiracy in 1991 to violate civil rights under the color of the law and make false statements. Authorities accused him of illegally arresting and searching Hispanic shopkeepers in New York City, and then made false claims to cover up these activities. His sentence was passed by President George H.W. Bush. The White House said he has received 76 awards during his career, including from three attorneys general.
Kanter founded a company called Dr. Comfort, which sold special shoes and inserts for diabetics, and was convicted of postal fraud related to illegal Medicare reimbursements. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison. He had also paid a multi-million dollar civil penalty. Federal prosecutors said its diabetic shoe insoles did not meet Medicare requirements, but they were sold to Medicare beneficiaries and the company was reimbursed by the federal government.
The Houston woman was convicted of $ 50 million in a healthcare fraud program in 2017. The federal prosecutor said it partnered with others to falsely bill Medicare and Medicaid for millions of dollars in medical tests that were either unnecessary or simply never done. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison and sentenced to $ 15.2 million in restitution. The President commuted her sentence; The White House said the conversion was backed by several former US attorneys general.
MARK SHAPIRO AND IRVING STITSKY
Trump commuted Shapiro and Stitsky's verdicts after they were convicted in federal court in New York of defrauding more than 250 people in a $ 23 million real estate fraud. Both men were convicted and sentenced to 85 years in prison. Prosecutors said Stitsky and Shapiro had also diverted millions of dollars in investor money for their own benefit.
The White House said the men had been offered plea offers for no more than nine years but they turned it down and chose to go to court instead. A White House press release hailed the men as "model prisoners" who had received support and praise from other inmates.
Sam, now a criminal justice attorney who was involved in a non-partisan criminal justice overhaul that Trump often heralds, was convicted of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and served three years to more than ten years in prison. She was in the White House when Trump signed the overhaul measure known as the First Step Act into law. Sam posted a video on Twitter shortly after the pardon was announced, thanking Trump and saying, "This is all so surreal."
Her case was championed by other proponents of criminal justice reform such as Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence Trump commuted in 2018 at the urging of reality TV star Kim Kardashian West.
Batmasian is a real estate investor and operates property management companies in South Florida. He pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of more than $ 250,000 for failing to pay federal taxes on employees at his company. He was an influential developer and one of the largest landowners in Boca Raton, Florida at the time. He was serving an eight month prison term.
Lozada was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and sentenced to 14 months in prison. He was granted a full pardon. The White House said Lozada was an immigrant from Cuba who founded a pool cleaning company near Miami, Florida and employed dozens of people.
JOSEPH MARTIN STEPEHNS
Stephens pleaded guilty in 2008 to being a felon possessing a gun, a federal offense. He had been convicted of a crime back in 1991 when he was 19, the White House said. He served 18 months in prison and was excused on Wednesday.
Wordon, who runs an investment firm and solar company, was convicted of cable fraud in 1998. The White House said he made "mistakes running an investment firm he founded". Securities and Exchange Commission records show that Worden was accused of defrauding multiple brokerage firms for more than $ 130,000. He received a full pardon. The White House said Worden began repaying its victims before criminal charges were filed.
JOHN BOULTBEE, PETER ATKINSON
The two men were executives at Hollinger International and employees of the media tycoon Conrad Black. Boultbee and Atkinson were convicted of three cases of postal fraud and served one year each in prison.
Schwarz was a co-defendant in the case and was also convicted; Trump previously apologized for him.
Charleston was arrested in 2006 for tax evasion and the White House said she was a victim of the sex trafficking who was forced into prostitution. Officials said she volunteered to help victims of sex trafficking, and her pardon was also supported by a law enforcement officer who arrested her.
WILLIAM J. PLEMONS JR.
The White House said Plemons was convicted of various financial crimes in the late 1990s and early 2000s and spent 27 months in federal prison. Officials said he served in the Air Force and supported several nonprofits.
Kassouf pleaded guilty to a federal tax offense in 1989. The White House said he has committed himself to his church, fire departments and nonprofits since his conviction.
The White House said Wade had been convicted of several cyber crimes and "showed remorse and tried to make his community a safer place". He received a full pardon.
Trump granted a posthumous pardon to Plaisance, convicted of conspiracy to commit essential cocaine in a 1987 case that the White House said came from "a conversation he was in". In a White House press release, the judge who presided over his conviction was quoted as saying that the actions were inconsistent with the life story and character of Plaisance. Officials said he had built a tug business with seven ships and 50 employees. The White House said the prosecutors involved in his case had no objection to the pardon.
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