Trump Announced Apardons Including Papadopoulos And Former Lawmakers Hunter And Collins

US President Donald Trump announced a long series of presidential pardons for several people on Tuesday evening, including two people who had been convicted on the sidelines of Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the election of 2016.

A total of 15 people received a full presidential pardon, while five others saw part of their sentences commuted.

These people include George Papadopoulos and Alex van des Zwann, respectively an adviser to the president and a lawyer who admitted to lying to federal agents in connection with the Mueller investigation. Both had received short sentences behind bars.

The president, who has regularly discredited the investigation into Russian interference, took the opportunity to bring a new charge against prosecutor Mueller, accusing him and his team of “causing harm to so many people. people”.

Recall that Trump recently pardoned his former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, who pleaded guilty to two charges, including lying to investigators who were interested in allegations of Russian interference in the election.

After a lengthy investigation, Robert Mueller concluded, in his report, that he could not provide evidence of links between Russia and the Trump administration on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

According to the “New York Times” which quotes sources in the entourage of the president, other people indicted on the sidelines of this investigation could possibly be forgiven by the departure of the president of the White House, on January 20.

In addition, three former members of Congress, Chris Collins, Duncan Hunter and Steve Stockman, who had been pinned down in various cases of fraud and misuse of funds, were granted a presidential pardon. The first two have been completely forgiven, while the third has seen his 10-year sentence – he has already spent two years behind bars – commuted to supervised release.

Mr. Stockman, 64, is in poor health and has already contracted COVID-19 in prison, pleaded the White House to justify his release.

Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard, four former members of the private security firm Blackwater responsible for the massacre of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, also obtained an unqualified presidential pardon.

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