Trump Announces Slew of Pardons
President Trump on Tuesday announced a wave of 20 pardons and commutations, including grace for high-profile individuals convicted during the Mueller investigation, three former Republican congressmen and four former U.S. soldiers convicted of murdering Iraqi civilians.
The presidential pardons include George Papadopoulos, a foreign affairs advisor to the 2016 Trump campaign, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation and serving 12 days in jail, and Alex van der Zwaan Dutch lawyer who pleaded guilty to lying to Müller investigators and serving 30 days in prison.
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The president also pardoned four Blackwater guards convicted of the murder of Iraqi civilians, as well as former California Congressmen Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins from New York and Steve Stockman from Texas.
Trump commuted the jail term from Stockman, who was convicted in 2018 of misusing donated funds. Stockman "has pre-existing health conditions that put his health at higher risk during the COVID epidemic, and he contracted COVID while in prison," a White House statement said.
Hunter pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds. Collins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lied to the FBI.
Trump apologized to three women, Crystal Munoz, Tynice Nichole Hall and Judith Negron, who were convicted of drug crimes. The president pardoned the women on the recommendation of Alice Johnson, a former federal inmate whose verdict was commuted to Trump after Kim Kardashian West brought her case to the attention.
Two former border guards convicted of assaulting an illegal immigrant who trafficked 700 pounds of marijuana in 2005 were also pardoned.
Also pardoned were Alfonso Costa, a Pittsburgh dentist who pleaded guilty of health care fraud related to billing errors, Alfred Lee Crum, 89, who pleaded guilty of illegally distilling moonshine in Oklahoma in 1952, Weldon Angelos, who was charged with Convicted of selling marijuana and carrying it was Philip Lyman, a former county commissioner in Utah who was convicted of protesting the government's closing of Recapture Canyon to ATV drivers, and Otis Gordon, who was convicted of possession of drugs for the purpose of proliferation was convicted. Philip Esformes, convicted of bribery in a Medicare fraud case, had part of his sentence commuted.
Last month, Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He is expected to issue further pardons before leaving office in January.
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