President Donald Trump gave out clemencies and pardons to 26 individuals Wednesday evening, including Roger Stone and Paul Manafort.
This batch of pardons is the second one in the last two days. Over the past two days, Trump has given out 39 full pardons and 8 sentence commutations. One individual who received a pardon was Charles Kushner, the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, one of Trump’s top advisors and his son-in-law. Charles was pleaded guilty of tax fraud in 2004, among other crimes. He has already served his sentence.
Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, one count of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. He was accused of hiding income he received as part of his counseling work that ended in 2014 for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The prosecutors alleged that Manafort has used offshore companies to hide the money. He did not report this income on his tax returns.
Manafort thanked Trump on Twitter for the pardon. “Mr. President, my family & I humbly thank you for the Presidential Pardon you bestowed on me. Words cannot fully convey how grateful we are.”
Trump also gave out a full pardon to Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to the FBI in relation to the Trump-Russia investigation. Trump had already commuted his sentence in July. A pardon will remove charges from his criminal record.
On Tuesday, Trump granted pardons to 15 people and commuted the sentences of five others. Notable recipients include George Papadopoulos, four former Blackwater military contractors, and former GOP Reps. Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter.
“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,” said the White House in a statement. “As Mr. Manafort’s trial judge observed, prior to the Special Counsel investigation, Mr. Manafort led and ‘otherwise blameless life,”