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Rabu, 23 Desember 2020

Donald Trump pardons Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner's father - ABC News

US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted as part of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Mr Trump issued pardons for 29 people, including Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as his associate Roger Stone.

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The President had commuted Mr Stone's prison sentence in July, a day before he was due to begin serving a prison term of three years and four months.

Mr Trump's pardoning of Mr Manafort spared the long-time Republican operative from serving the bulk of his seven-and-a-half-year prison term.

Mr Manafort, 70, was among the first in the President's inner circle to face charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mr Stone was convicted in November 2019 by a Washington jury of lying under oath to Congress also investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mr Kushner, father of the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to 18 counts of tax evasion, witness tampering and making unlawful campaign donations.

In an unusual twist, the man who prosecuted Charles Kushner was Chris Christie, now the former governor of New Jersey, who also has served as an adviser to the President.

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Mr Christie was quoted by CNN as saying Charles Kushner's case was "one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes" he prosecuted.

The actions bring to 49 the number of people Mr Trump has granted clemency, either through pardons or sentence commutations, in the past two days.

Yesterday, he pardoned two people who were convicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, former members of Congress who were early supporters and former government contractors convicted in the killings of Iraqi civilians.

More to come.

Reuters/AP

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