Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned more allies, including Jared Kushner’s father, to join a long list of people included in the US president’s pardon in the final days of his term.
In a statement, the White House said that in addition to pardoning Charles Kushner – the father of his son-in-law – Trump also pardoned his 2016 campaign boss Paul Manafort and his longtime ally Roger Stone.
Trump had reduced the prison sentence of his friend Stone, who was sentenced to 40 months in prison as part of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
Stone Dean had seven counts, including obstruction of justice, false testimony, and tampering with witnesses, as part of a case focused on his coordination with “WikiLeaks” in 2016 to publish pirated documents offensive to Hillary Clinton, Trump’s rival in the presidential election at the time.
Stone, who was on Trump’s campaign team in 2016, was arrested in January 2019 on charges brought against him by then-special attorney Robert Mueller, who was investigating Russian interference in the elections.
Stone was particularly convicted of lying in testimony he gave to Congress about the role he played as a mediator between Trump’s team and the “WikiLeaks” website that published the series of pirated documents that were an embarrassment to Clinton. For his part, Manafort commented on Twitter on the pardon, saying, “Mr. President, we humbly thank you, my family and I, for this presidential pardon that you have given me. Words are not enough to express our gratitude.”
Manafort, 71, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison last year on several fraud charges that were revealed as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. Trump had expressed support for Manafort after his conviction, considering him a victim of a “conspiracy.”
Jared Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, was found guilty of tax fraud. In total, the Republican billionaire pardoned 26 people, while three others benefited from reduced penalties.
These pardons add to Trump’s amnesty Tuesday for four American security guards convicted of killing Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007.