The New York Times reports:
One hacked the computers of business rivals. One bribed doctors to win referrals for his nursing homes. Another fled the country while he was on trial for his role in a fraud that siphoned $450 million from an insurance company, leading to its collapse. Still another ran a Ponzi scheme that plunged a synagogue into foreclosure. Each won clemency from President Donald J. Trump.
They also had something else in common, an investigation by The New York Times found. The efforts to seek clemency for these wealthy or well-connected people benefited from their social, political, or financial ties to a loose collection of lawyers, lobbyists, activists and Orthodox Jewish leaders who had worked with Trump administration officials on criminal justice legislation championed by Jared Kushner.
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Many who were pardoned “had retained people like Mr. Dershowitz, who represented Mr. Trump in his first impeachment trial.” Trump didn’t have to pay those lawyers in cash. They presumably knew they could cash in later, from their pardon-seeking clients. https://t.co/5jDNtYLVRj
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 21, 2021
Trump doled out clemency based on recommendations by a loose collection of lawyers, lobbyists, and activists tied to two powerful Jewish groups that worked with Jared Kushner, https://t.co/TctUYENTC8
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 21, 2021