Trump Pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Charles Kushner

Just 24 hours after Donald Trump issued some 15 pardons and commutations, including former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, former US congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins, and the four Blackwater guards, on Wednesday the President issued a second batch of pardons in as many days, this time naming two former associates, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, as well as Charles Kushner, the father of Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

Wednesday’s list also includes several people recommended by former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was part of Trump’s impeachment defense team, and Ike Perlmutter, the former CEO of Marvel Entertainment and a member of the president’s private Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a statement from the White House.

Full statements below:

Paul Manafort – Today, President Trump has issued a full and complete pardon to Paul Manafort, stemming from convictions prosecuted in the course of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, which was premised on the Russian collusion hoax. Mr. Manafort has already spent two years in prison, including a stretch of time in solitary confinement — treatment worse than what many of the most violent criminals receive. As a result of blatant prosecutorial overreach, Mr. Manafort has endured years of unfair treatment and is one of the most prominent victims of what has been revealed to be perhaps the greatest witch hunt in American history. As Mr. Manafort’s trial judge observed, prior to the Special Counsel investigation, Mr. Manafort had led an “otherwise blameless life.” Since May, Mr. Manafort has been released to home confinement as a result of COVID-19 concerns.