The U.S. President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, granted clemency to 26 more persons, a day after announcing 20 pardons, four, of which were Arousing.
And The latest batch of beneficiaries includes two long-time associates of the president, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort.
Stone and Manafort, both Trump’s former advisers, were indicted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and later convicted of multiple crimes.
On Feb. 20, Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for obstruction of Congress, threatening of witnesses, lying to investigators and four other counts.
But Trump commuted the sentence on July 10, just before he was set to surrender
Manafort, on the other hand, spent almost two years in prison for tax fraud, illegal foreign lobbying among others, before he was released due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was on house arrest before Wednesday’s pardon.
Also, pardoned on Wednesday is Charles Kushner, the father of Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump and son-in-law and senior advisor to the president.
Charles was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering in 2005.
Now The UN, through its Human Rights Office, warned that freeing them would encourage others to commit similar crimes.
The decision reportedly sparked outrage in Iraq with the father of a nine-year boy, who died in the shooting, saying Trump broke his life again.
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