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December 23, 2020

Prez Trump issues 29 more clemencies on Festivus that include full pardons to Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner

As reported in this CNN piece, "President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening announced 26 new pardons, including ones for longtime ally Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's father, Charles." Here is a bit more:

Also included in Trump's pardon list Wednesday evening is former California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife, Margaret, just one day after Trump granted Duncan Hunter a full pardon. Margaret Hunter had pleaded guilty last year to conspiring "knowingly and willingly" to convert campaign funds for personal use.

Beyond the high-profile pardons, Trump also pardoned more than 20 other individuals, including those who had pleaded guilty to various cyber crimes, firearm possession and mail fraud. He also commuted the sentences of three others.

The full statement listing all the recipients of clemency today can be found at this link, and here are just a few (among many) names from the list that caught my eye:

Today, President Donald J. Trump granted Full Pardons to 26 individuals and commuted part or all of the sentences of an additional 3 individuals....

Rickey Kanter — President Trump granted a full pardon to Rickey Kanter. Mr. Kanter was the owner and CEO of Dr. Comfort, a company which manufactures special shoes and inserts for diabetics [who was the focal point of a notable Second Amendment case that then-Judge Amy Barrett dissented in]....

Topeka Sam — President Trump granted a full pardon to Topeka Sam....

Daniela Gozes-Wagner — President Trump commuted the sentence and restitution order imposed upon Ms. Gozes-Wagner [who raised strong claims that she was subject to a trial penalty at sentencing].

December 23, 2020 at 07:46 PM | Permalink

Comments

(paralegal)
I loathe to give anything perceive as credit to trump but he has now commuted more sentences and pardoned more people than obama in his first 4 years, comparatively. Of course, obama eventually did more but this is sort of absurd to see.

Posted by: dm | Dec 24, 2020 9:54:22 AM

Not sure that is an apple to apple comparison. Obama still had a full term left to do pardons and commutations at the end of his first term. For Trump, the next four weeks is it.

I also see a big difference in the list of people receiving pardons and commutations. Trump's list has a very high percentage of close associates and well-connected people. (I have seen estimates of over 80%.)

Posted by: tmm | Dec 24, 2020 10:40:54 AM

@dm

Oh yes, I so vividly remember the widespread outcry when Obama didn't even pardon a single racist/fascist cop, inveterate swindler, treasonous foreign agent, butcherous mercenary, pathologically corrupt politico, or sleazy tax cheat. No doubt, that is a scandal that will blemish his administration for all time.

If you still think credit is due just for granting a higher quantity of pardons in the first term, then I have dozen Ford Pintos I would gladly trade with you for a single Bugatti.

Posted by: hardreaders | Dec 24, 2020 4:40:24 PM

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