The Blackwater guards Trump pardoned were jailed for a massacre of civilians, including 2 kids
The 15 people President Trump pardoned Tuesday night include the first two Congressmen to appoint him president - former MPs Chris Collins (RN.Y.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Both of whom are due Financial crimes convicted - two people detained in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and four private guards who worked for Blackwater and received long sentences for an unprovoked and unnecessary massacre of civilians in 2007 in Nisour Square in Baghdad served in which 17 Iraqis died, including two boys aged 8 and 11.
Blackwater, since sold and renamed Academi, is a private military company that was run at the time by Erik Prince, brother of Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Nisour Square massacre marked a low point in US-Iraq relations after the US invasion in 2003, and federal prosecutors took the four Blackwater guards - Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - to court for years.
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After a federal judge dismissed the first murder and manslaughter convictions of Blackwater contractors in 2009 and found the evidence tainted, then Vice-President Joe Biden said at a news conference in Baghdad that the men had not been acquitted and the United States against the US would appeal the decision. "In the years that followed, the contractors became known in the conservative media as the 'Biden Four'," reports the Washington Post. Slatten was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment for first degree murder while the other three were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.
"Campaigns to press for the four presidential pardons began in earnest last year. Most argued that the men were veterans who were still practicing military duties," the Post reported, noting that Trump Has pardoned two army officers convicted of murder or awaiting trial. Charges for shooting Afghan civilians. In a 2009 Fox News column, Duncan Hunter - still in Congress - named "the Biden Four" courageous "political farmers" who were "sent to jail for their work".
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