Donald Trump endorsed waves of apology before Christmas, authorized a former campaign aide who was embroiled in a Russian investigation, and insulted Republican lawmakers and several contractors convicted of the massacre in Iraq.
The White House announced Tuesday that Trump has pardoned 15 people and changed part or all of the sentences of the other five. Among the beneficiaries was George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide, who pleaded guilty Lying to federal officials and Alex van der Swan, as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election The man who pleaded guilty to a similar charge at the Russian trial and is the son-in-law of Russian millionaire German Khan.
The three former Republican legislators who were pardoned on Tuesday were New York’s Rep. Chris Collins, California’s Duncan Hunter and Texas’ Steve Stockman.
Collins, 70, was the first sitting member of Congress to support Trump’s candidacy in 2016 and was a strong defender of the president. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bond fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
Hunter, 44, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to divert campaign funds to personal use in 2019, and Stockman, 64, was charged in 2018 with misappropriation of charity funds.
Former contractors at Blackwater Worldwide, Nicholas Sloton, Paul Sluff, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard, were serving long prison terms for killing civilians in the 2007 Baghdad massacre.
Trump’s use of the power of presidential pardon has caused considerable controversy. In November, for example, he pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during a Russian investigation.
Speculation has grown as to who Trump may forgive next. The apology of Papadopoulos and Van der Swan, who were embroiled in the Russian election interference investigation led by Special Adviser Robert S. M IIller III, may indicate that more Trump allies involved in the matter can expect apologies, including former aides Paul Manafort. And Rick Gates. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden are also common names. Mentioned.
“Today’s apology helps correct the mistakes made by M முller’s team,” the White House said. Papadopoulos, 33, was a consultant to Los Trump’s 2016 campaign. He pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to FBI agents about the timing and importance of his contacts with people who claim to be in contact with Russian top officials.
“The defendant’s guilt was serious and caused damage to the government’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” said Mரின்ller, then U.S. special adviser. Pepadopoulos served only 12 days in a 14-day prison sentence at the federal jail, after which he was placed on 12-month surveillance release.
Trump is also reportedly considering an early apology to himself and his family members who worked at his White House.
Forgiveness and other acts of kindness, often for ordinary federal prisoners, are a common feature of the end of any presidency. As stated in it Pew Research CenterHowever he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Trump’s presidency.
“Although rare so far, Trump’s use of presidential pardon has caused controversy because of the nature of his apology and exchanges.” Many of Trump’s supporters “Personal or political contact According to a July analysis of the Lafarge blog, the president “, and he bypassed the formal process by which requests for clemency are generally considered.”
Applying only to federal cases, a presidential pardon does not imply the innocence of the charges at hand.