The New York Times reports:
President Trump doled out clemency to a new group of loyalists on Wednesday, wiping away convictions and sentences as he aggressively employed his power to override courts, juries and prosecutors to apply his own standard of justice for his allies.
One recipient of a pardon was a family member, Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Two others who were pardoned declined to cooperate with prosecutors in connection with the special counsel’s Russia investigation: Paul Manafort, his 2016 campaign chairman, and Roger J. Stone Jr.
JUST IN: President Trump has 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 https://t.co/y3qx4c3wGo
— CNN (@CNN) December 24, 2020
The Senate Intelligence Committee described Manafort – who was serving a sentence for financial crimes — as a direct conduit for Russian influence into the Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/Kx4Tz2bNQm
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 24, 2020
Trump’s pardons to shield Manafort and Stone – after dangling the idea to persuade them not to tell Mueller what they know about him – is open corruption
the pardons don’t discredit the national security questions about Trump’s conduct w/Russia
the pardons affirm them
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 24, 2020