Reuters Rick Wilking
US President Donald Trump pardoned a number of his close associates, including his 2016 election campaign manager Paul Manafort, businessman Charles Kushner, father of son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner.
It is worth noting that Manafort has faced different charges since 2017 in two cases against him, one of which was opened at the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the alleged “Trump links” with Russia.
Manafort was sentenced to two prison terms of 47 months and 43 months in 2019, as he was found guilty of obstruction of justice, intimidation of eyewitnesses, fraud and tax evasion.
Trump’s pardon also included his former adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted in February 2020 of making false statements, as part of a case related to the Mueller investigation as well, and was sentenced to 40 months in prison.
Charles Kushner, a real estate businessman, spent two years in prison in 2005-2006 on charges of tax evasion, illegal financing of political campaigns, and eyewitness intimidation. His sentence imposed restrictions on his practice of some types of activities after the expiration of his sentence.
It is noteworthy that the outgoing President Trump had pardoned a number of convicts, including former members of the private military “Blackwater” company, which sparked criticism from Democrats and human rights defenders.
Source: RT + Reuters