Trump pardons Manafort and Stone

US President Donald Trump has eliminated key beliefs made in the Russia investigation after pardoning two other allies on Wednesday, former campaign manager Paul Manafort and close associate Roger Stone.
It was the second wave of pardons and commutations in as many days as Trump is about to end his term in office.
He also gave mercy to Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
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Manafort and Stone had both refused to cooperate in investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
The day before, Trump pardoned two other key people in the investigation, Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, and George Papodapoulos, a former adviser.
Manafort was the first in Trump's inner circle to bring charges against Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation. Trump's pardon eased most of his seven and a half year sentence.
Manafort tweeted a statement in response: "Words can't fully convey how grateful we are."
Manhattan prosecutors, which have tried to prosecute Manafort in New York for mortgage fraud and other alleged crimes, said they would continue to appeal their case, which was dismissed on grounds of double exposure.
Stone was convicted in November 2019 for swearing on lawmakers investigating interference in the Russian elections.
Earlier this year, Trump commuted Stones nearly three and a half years in prison, just a day before Stone was due to serve.
Charles Kushner pleaded guilty in 2004 to tax evasion, witness manipulation and illegal campaign donations.
Former Trump adviser and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been following Kushner's case.
In 2019, Christie told CNN that Kushner's case was "one of the most heinous, disgusting crimes" he has prosecuted.
During the case, Charles Kushner admitted smeared his brother-in-law, who had worked with prosecutors by hiring a prostitute to have sex with him in a motel room, and then sent a secretly taped video of the encounter to the man's wife , Charles, sent Kushner's own sister.
Further pardons are expected when Trump's term ends.
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- US President Donald Trump brushed off key beliefs made in the Russia investigation after pardoning two other allies on Wednesday, ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort and a close associate, Roger Stone. It was the second wave of pardons and commutations in as many days as Trump is about to end his term in office. He also gave mercy to Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Manafort and Stone had both refused to cooperate in investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
The day before, Trump pardoned two other key people in the investigation, Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, and George Papadopoulos, a former adviser. Manafort was the first in Trump's inner circle to bring charges against special adviser Robert Mueller as part of the Russian investigation. Trump's pardon eased most of his seven and a half year sentence. Manafort tweeted a statement in response: "Words can't fully convey how grateful we are."
Manhattan prosecutors, which have tried to prosecute Manafort in New York for mortgage fraud and other alleged crimes, said they will continue to appeal their case, which has been dismissed on grounds of double exposure. Stone was convicted in November 2019 for swearing on lawmakers investigating interference in the Russian elections. Earlier this year, Trump commuted Stones nearly three and a half years in prison, just a day before Stone was due to serve.
Charles Kushner pleaded guilty to tax evasion, witness manipulation and illegal campaign donations in 2004. Former Trump adviser and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been following Kushner's case. In 2019, Christie told CNN that Kushner's case was "one of the most heinous, disgusting crimes" he has prosecuted. During the case, Charles Kushner admitted that he smeared his brother-in-law, who had worked with prosecutors, by hiring a prostitute to have sex with him in a motel room, and then sent a secretly taped video of the encounter to the man's wife . Charles Kushner's own sister. Further pardons are expected when Trump's term ends.
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