Two of Trump's pardons may set a precedent for letting the Trump campaign off the hook
You know Dasher and Dancer and Roger and Kushner - but remember, the most consistent pardon of all?
President Trump has issued a number of pardons ahead of his departure, the most recent being Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Jared Kushner. But two of the president's pardons this week have flown relatively under the radar, despite offering a possible glimpse into Trump's own future.
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John Tate and Jesse Benton were two of 26 people who were granted pardon on Wednesday, apologized for their campaign bribery convictions in 2016. The two men, who were aides to former U.S. Representative Ron Paul, were found guilty of transferring $ 73,000 to a Senator in exchange for Paul's endorsement during his 2012 presidential bid, The Des Moines Register reports. The payments were made through a third party.
What Tate and Benton did, however, is similar to an LLC used by the Trump campaign to channel unregistered payments from the FEC. The company was reportedly founded in part by Jared Kushner via Business Insider.
The White House's official statement on the pardons said Tate and Benton had been convicted of an "unclear" and "not well-established" campaign reporting law.
As Anna Massoglia of the Center for Responsive Politics points out, her conviction was one of the few campaign funding cases that "had significant ramifications" and the pardon of the two could "send a very specific message that it is okay against the final FEC - Providers violate disclosure rules. "
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