Stars and Stripes stripes.com 23 Dec, 2020 02:30 am

Trump pardons 15, commutes five sentences, including GOP allies

Trump pardons 15, commutes five sentences, including GOP allies
While it is not unusual for presidents to grant clemency on their way out the door, Trump has made clear that he has no qualms about intervening in the cases of friends and allies whom he believes have been treated unfairly.

Last month, Trump pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and months earlier commuted the sentence of another associate, Roger Stone, days before he was to report to prison.Others on the list included a Pittsburgh dentist who pleaded guilty to health care fraud, two women convicted of drug crimes, and Alfred Lee Crum, now 89, who pleaded guilty in 1952 when he was 19 to helping his wife’s uncle illegally distill moonshine.Trump pardons 15, commutes five sentences, including GOP allies President Donald Trump looks on in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Dec.White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the pardons for Hunter and Collins were granted after “the request of many members of Congress.

The White House said Crum has maintained a clean record and a strong marriage for nearly 70 years, attended the same church for 60 years, raised four children, and regularly participated in charity fundraising events.Trump also announced pardons for allies ensnared in the Russia investigation.

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