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Monday, 18 October, 2021

Trump Pardon

Maria Garcia
• Friday, 06 November, 2020
• 8 min read

As of Dec. 24, President Trump has issued clemency in the form of pardons or commutations to more than 90 people, from relatively obscure white-collar or nonviolent drug offenders to the famous (conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza; Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Armies) and the infamous (four security contractors with the Blackwater firm who murdered more than a dozen civilians in Iraq). Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

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He was fired from his job as Trump ’s national security adviser for lying Vice President Mike Pence about those contacts. In connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with the Russian government, Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser, also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

A Dutch lawyer who had worked with Manafort, van der Warn served 30 days in prison after pleading guilty in 2018 to lying to Mueller’s investigators. The former California congressman pleaded guilty in 2019 to misusing campaign funds on family vacations and to pay for an extramarital affair.

The first member of Congress to endorse Trump ’s presidential run in 2016, former Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., was found guilty of insider trading and lying to the FBI. Another jailed former member of congress, former Rep. Steve Stock man, R-Texas, was convicted in 2018 of a scheme to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to charity and voter education for his own personal use.

A former member of the Utah House of Representatives, Lyman served a 10-day prison sentence in 2014 for his participation in a protest over federal land management practices involving all-terrain-vehicles. Slander was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and working as a foreign agent for an Islamic charity that was seeking to be removed from a list of organizations that supported terrorism.

Flatten, a contractor for Blackwater, which was founded by Trump supporter Erik Prince, had been sentenced to life in prison on a charge of first degree murder for the 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians that left 14 dead and 17 wounded, including children. Liberty received a prison sentence of 14 years after taking part in the slaughter of Iraqi civilians, none of whom were armed, in Baghdad’s Ni sour Square.

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Blackwater Worldwide security guards Donald Ball, second from left, and Dustin Heard, right, leave federal court, Jan. 6, 2009. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Another former military veteran who went to work for Blackwater, Heard, like Slough and Liberty, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and using a machine gun to carry out a violent crime.

At his sentencing he asked for clemency on the grounds that he was being punished more severely than Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email account while serving as Secretary of State. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)A Republican Party operative and an official in the George W. Bush administration, Shavian was convicted in 2006 on obstruction of justice and perjury charges stemming from the investigation of lobbyist Jack Abram off and sentenced to 72 months in prison.

A billionaire media mogul and Trump ’s biographer and friend, Black was sentenced to 42 months in prison after being convicted of mail fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007. Former New York City Police Commissioner Erik, a protégé of Rudy Giuliani, pleaded guilty to tax fraud and other charges in 2010 and was sentenced to four years behind bars.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s aide, “Scooter” Libby received a sentence of 30 months in prison after his 2007 conviction on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements in connection with an investigation in the leaked identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Place. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)The former governor of Illinois, a Democrat, was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting to solicit bribes in exchange for filling the vacant U.S. Senate seat left by then-President Barack Obama.

A conservative political commentator, D’Souza was sentenced to five years probation and fined $30,000 after pleading guilty to making illegal campaign contributions in 2012. The former owner of the San Francisco 49ers pleaded quilting concealing an attempt at extortion involving a gaming license for a casino in which he had a financial stake and was sentenced to two years probation and given a $250,000 fine.

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Alice Marie Johnson, who had her sentence commuted by President Trump for cocaine trafficking, speaks at the White House in April 2019. Her appeals for clemency were taken up by the ACLU and other civil liberties organizations who viewed her as an example of the disproportionate effect of the war on drugs on Black defendants.

A former Army lieutenant, France was convicted in 2013 of second-degree murder and war crimes after ordering men under his command to open fire on unarmed civilians in Afghanistan. France’s own men testified against him during his trial, and former Defense Secretary Mark Ester sharply disagreed with Trump ’s decision to pardon him.

After being arrested 1987 and pleading no contest to running an illegal gambling parlor, Tatum, a tax preparer in the Navajo Nation, was sentenced to two years of probation. While incarcerated, he founded Hope for Prisoners, a reentry program and, after receiving his pardon, was featured in a video shown during the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Convicted in 2011 for charges including conspiracy, fraud, paying kickbacks and money laundering in a $200 million scheme to bilk Medicare, Neuron was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Convicted of fraudulently billing insurance companies for dental work he never did, Costa pleaded guilty to health care fraud spanning 1996 to 2001.

The New York Times reported that clemency for Enforces was promoted by the Clef Institute, a criminal-justice organization founded by the Lubavitcher sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews, with connections to Jared Kushner and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, a high-profile Trump defender. “While in prison, Mr. Enforces, who is 52, has been devoted to prayer and repentance and is in declining health,” the White House said in a statement about the commutation of his sentence after less than two years.

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A Florida real estate manager, Batavian served an 8-month prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2008 to willful failure to collect and remit payroll taxes. In a statement accompanying Trump ’s pardon, the White House said his Batavian’s charitable work influenced the president’s decision.

(Tasks Katopodis/Getty Images)Like Boulder and Black, Atkinson, the former vice president of Bollinger International was also charged with mail fraud. After being stopped in 2001 by Bregman and his partner, a group of approximately 10 people suspected of entering the country illegally ran from the officers before being detained.

Convicted of multiple crimes spanning stemming from drug addiction, Bryant founded Game Changers, a nonprofit organization for at-risk youths. II X is a powerful example of the possibility of redemption,” the White House said in a statement accompanying Trump ’s pardon of his federal crimes.

Convicted of money laundering and tax evasion in 2006, Charleston was the victim of human trafficking, forced to work as a prostitute in Dallas after running away from home at an early age. Coughlin, a mid-level Justice Department official, pleaded guilty in 2008 to accepting bribes in exchange for doing favors for a politically connected law firm.

Sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute synthetic drugs purchased from suppliers in China, Israeli-born Naomi was aided in his plea for clemency by U.S. lawyer and Trump confidant Alan Dershowitz. Citing her intervention while in prison to help a nurse who was being attacked by what the White House described as an unstable inmate, Trump commuted Logan’s 27-year sentence after she’d already served 20 years from a drug conspiracy conviction.

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The White House said in a statement describing Trump ’s decision to grant McDonald clemency that he “made productive use of his time” while in prison. Sentenced to serve an 85-year jail term after being convicted of defrauding more than 250 people in a real estate scam worth $23 million, Sticky was called “an inveterate con man” by the judge in his case.

(Ernie Grafton/Reuters)The wife of former Rep. Duncan Hunter, she pleaded guilty to a single felony charge relating to the same misuse of $250,000 in campaign donations for personal expenses, including her husband’s trysts with his girlfriends. Banter owned a company that manufactured orthotic shoe inserts and pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud for selling products that were not approved for Medicare recipients.

He is better known as the plaintiff in Banter v. Barr, in which he sued to overturn federal and Wisconsin state laws forbidding convicted felons from owning a firearm. He lost the case on appeal to the Seventh Circuit, but a dissenting opinion, holding that the laws violate the Second Amendment, was written by Judge Amy Coney Barrett, appointed by Trump as an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

Occhipinti was an agent of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1991 when he was convicted of violating the civil rights of Hispanic shopkeepers in Manhattan with illegal searches and fabricated reports. Lemons, a Georgia businessman, “was convicted of various financial crimes in the late 1990s and early 2000s,” according to the White House, and served 27 months in prison.

(Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)Sam, a New York City businesswoman, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 2012 and served three years of a 130-month sentence. “At the time, Mr. Wooden had just graduated from college and made mistakes in running an investment firm he founded,” according to the White House.

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Convicted in 1913 for the crime of transporting a white woman across state lines, legendary boxer Jack Johnson was pardoned by Trump after actor/director Sylvester Stallone brought the case to his attention. Alliance, who died in November, received a posthumous pardon for a 1987 conviction on “a single count of conspiracy to import cocaine stemming from one conversation in which he participated,” according to the White House.

President Donald Trump, like many of his predecessors, is using his final days in the White House to increase his use of pardons and commutations, including some that have sparked controversy. Trump has already issued several politically charged clementines, with 49 pardons and commutations announced over the past two days.

These included pardons for Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, and political ally Roger Stone, both in connection with the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Constitution gives presidents the power of executive clemency for those convicted in federal criminal cases.

Pardons overturn federal convictions, exempt people from punishment and restore various rights such as being allowed to vote, run for public office, hold professional licenses or own a gun. While Trump trails recent presidents in the pardons and commutations granted, that doesn't take into account the possibility of 11th-hour clementines.

USA TODAY reported Trump is considering pardons that could be more controversial than those he has already granted, including those for close associates, family members and himself. In the first act of federal clemency in American history, President George Washington pardoned the group to stop the violence.

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Commuted sentence of Oscar Collar, who was convicted of trying to assassinate Truman, from death to life imprisonment. Above Collar lies wounded at the base of the steps to Blair House, President Truman's temporary residence in Washington, D.C.

Commuted the seven-year sentence of Patty Hearst, who was kidnapped by the Symbioses Liberation Army in 1974 and later convicted of robbing a bank. Pardoned New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for making illegal contributions to Nixon's reelection campaign in 1972.

Pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, former national security adviser Robert McFarlane and four others for their involvement in Iran-Contra scandal. Pardoned financier Marc Rich, who was indicted on charges of nonpayment of $48 million in taxes and more than 50 counts of wire fraud and racketeering.

Pardoned Susan McDougal, his former Whitewater business partner, and three others involved in an Arkansas real estate controversy. Commuted the sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, who was found guilty of obstruction of justice, two counts of lying under oath, and making false statements in connection with the exposure of Valerie Place Wilson as a CIA agent.

Commuted the 35-year sentence of former Army private Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking classified information. From Roger Stone to Chelsea Manning to Thanksgiving turkeys, here's all you need to know about presidential pardons and executive clemency.

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