President Donald Trump announced another round of pardons on Wednesday night that would reward loyalists such as Jared Kushner's father, former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and longtime friend Roger Stone.
The Kushner family were very embarrassed about the prosecution of Charles Kushner, who pleaded guilty to several crimes in 2004 and spent two years in prison, partly for videotaping his brother-in-law with a prostitute and then trying to blackmail him about it away.
Jared Kushner traveled with President Trump on Wednesday as the President and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago over the Christmas break after Trump left Washington DC in chaos over a COVID relief effort and faced a possible government shutdown .
The Manafort and Stone pardons reward two of Trump's best-known and most convicted former advisers, both indicted, tried, and judged by juries of multiple crimes by special adviser Robert Mueller.
Trump long praised Manafort and Stone for their loyalty – both men refused to cooperate with prosecutors. The president had commuted Stone's ruling earlier this year.
Stone appeared in Fox News' Tucker Carlson shortly after the news broke Tuesday to thank the president. He claimed he was deeply indebted to God Almighty for giving Trump the strength and courage to realize that my prosecution was entirely political-motivated witch hunt '.
He claimed that there is no truth in claiming that he had remained silent during the Mueller investigation in return for an apology and that his belief as a "Soviet show trial" was blown.
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Josh Kushner, Charles Kushner and Jared Kushner attend a party in New York in 2014
Roger Stone appeared in Fox News' Tucker Carlson Wednesday night to thank President Trump
President Donald Trump announced another round of pardons granted to longtime loyalists. He is pictured here after landing in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday evening, where he will be celebrating Christmas with his family
Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior advisor to Trump's White House, joined the president to fly to Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday
The 29 pardons announced by the White House on Wednesday night followed a round of 20 pardons on Tuesday, during which Trump saw two former aides convicted under Müller's investigation, three former Republican members of Congress, and four government-contracted Blackwater guards acquitted in connection with the murder of 17 Iraqi civilians in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad.
The final round of pardons also included absolution for the wife of a former Republican congressman, a man with ties to Kim Kardashian, and a Palm Beach celebrity with ties to Mar-a-Lago.
Charles Kushner has been prosecuted by Chris Christie, an ally and confident of Trump, who recently said it was time for the president to abandon his legal challenges for the November election.
Last year Christie described Kushner's crimes as "hideous" and "disgusting".
“I mean, it's one of the most heinous, disgusting crimes I've prosecuted as a US attorney. And I was a US attorney in New Jersey … so we had a heinous and disgusting crime there, ”he told PBS.
Charles Kushner pleaded guilty to 16 cases of tax evasion, one case of retaliation against a federal witness and another case of lies to the Bundestag Electoral Commission.
Charles Kushner's retribution conviction had to do with a vengeance against his brother-in-law William Schulder, a former employee who witnessed the federal prosecution.
Trump waves to his supporters as he arrives in Mar-a-Lago after apologizing
Trump supporters outside Mar-A-Lago waited for the president to arrive at his Florida home on Wednesday
The president's supporters protested on Wednesday outside Mar-a-Lago, where he will be spending Christmas
President Trump waved and smiled at his supporters when he arrived in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday night
Charles Kushner hired a prostitute to lure Schulder into sex in a motel room in Bridgewater, New Jersey, while a hidden camera recorded the encounter. The tape was then sent to Schulder's wife, who was Charles' sister Esther.
The Schulders, in turn, took the tape to prosecutors who tracked down the prostitute and threatened her with arrest. She turned on Kushner and exposed the conspiracy.
Christie persecuted Charles Kushner when he was an American attorney for New Jersey in 2004, claiming it was the reason the younger Kushner fired him after the 2016 election to lead Donald Trump's transition team.
Christie has negotiated a plea deal with Charles Kushner.
The dry case not only put the older Kushner in jail for two years, but also embarrassed the Kushner family.
Jared Kushner worked on criminal justice reform as part of his portfolio of topics at the White House, where he serves as senior adviser to the president. It is said that he was drawn to the subject because of his father's time in prison.
Paul Manafort has been released from prison because of the coronavirus pandemic. He can be seen upstairs at his daughter's house
Roger Stone was at the Turning Point USA Gala in Mar-a-Lago this weekend
Manafort and Stone are two of the youngest Trump allies to be overthrown by Mueller's investigation to be pardoned by the president.
And it's the president's latest move to undo what Mueller's investigation brought about. Trump has long claimed that he was the victim of a "witch hunt".
He has now pardoned five people convicted in the Mueller investigation, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; Campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI; and and Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch attorney who pleaded guilty to lying to prosecutors in 2018.
Mueller's investigation found that Manafort had dealt with foreign officials as an unregistered lobbyist.
Manafort was convicted of eight bank and tax fraud cases and then struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid a second trial.
After his seven and a half year sentence, he is in custody for the coronavirus.
Stone was convicted on seven counts for lying to Congress, witnesses who manipulated and obstructed the House's investigation into possible coordination of the Trump campaign with Russia.
Trump commuted Stone's 40-month sentence back in July, but this completely exempts Stone from any records.
Stone, who lives in Florida, was in Mar-a-Lago over the weekend to host a gala from Turning Point USA, an organization of young conservatives who love Trump.
Wednesday's pardon round also announced absolution for Margaret Hunter, the wife of former Congressman Duncan Hunter, who pardoned Trump in Tuesday's round.
The couple pleaded guilty to having misused campaign funds for personal expenses, including school supplies for their children, food and alcohol, and even a plane ticket for the family rabbit who was supposed to fly from California to Washington DC.
Another of Trump's pardons has a Kim Kardashian connection.
Topeka Sam, who served a 130-month prison sentence for three years on cocaine-related issues, was the woman who inspired Kardashian to push for criminal justice reform and meet Trump in the White House to seek mercy from Alice Johnson to ask.
Johnson has since received a full apology from Trump. Johnson supported Sam's pardon, the White House said. Sam founded the Ladies of Hope Ministries, where she looked after women who had previously been imprisoned.
The list also included figures of lesser national standing, including Mary McCarty, once a well-known figure in Palm Beach and South Florida circles.
She went to federal prison after she and her late husband were convicted of corruption.
The statement said she had the support of former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, who defended Trump during impeachment, and Trump confidante Chris Ruddy, a member of Mar-a-Lago.
McCarty was a Palm Beach County agent and as such voted on important issues affecting Mar-a-Lago. In 1996, she agreed to a $ 75 million deal between the Trump-owned club and the county on airport noise restrictions. As part of the settlement, Trump was able to lease land for a golf course.
She and her husband, former water district chairman Kevin McCarty, were both jailed after fighting corruption.
She was formerly the Chair of the Palm Beach GOP. McCarty pleaded guilty to honest service fraud and was convicted in 2009. She spent two years in a federal labor camp in Texas after voting on projects that steered the business that benefited her financially from her husband and who ran an office of Raymond James that provided community loans. Prosecutors said she voted on bonds for which he received a commission.
McCarty was charged with hiding his wife's crimes and the Florida energetic couple was ordered to repay $ 272,000.
Trump also pardoned Margaret Hunter (center), the wife of former Congressman Duncan Hunter (right), who pardoned Trump on Tuesday
Trump also inspired a man who inspired Kim Kardashian to work on criminal justice reform
The president pardoned Stephanie Mohr, a freshman to Prince George Police Department in 1995, when she responded to a break-in and her police dog bit the suspect, an undocumented immigrant, resulting in 10 stitches.
Years later, the FBI opened an investigation into the department and its unit after a series in the Washington Post raised questions about the use of the dogs.
Mohr served a decade in federal prison because of the dog bite. The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund and the fraternal police force supported her grace, the White House said.
Trump also pardoned Republican political aides Jesse Benton and John Tate who worked for Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2012.
Benton and Tate hid more than $ 70,000 given to Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson to change his approval from Rep. Michele Bachmann to Paul during the Republican presidential primary.
Senator Rand Paul, who Benton also worked for, backed the pardon, the White House said. Benton also worked for the 2014 re-election campaign for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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