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Trump pardons political allies and members of Congress

Trump pardons political allies and members of Congress convicted of federal crimes

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump pardoned two former Republicans convicted of federal crimes during his tenure in Congress and two key figures in the interference investigation in the 2016 Russian election.

Former California Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were arrested in August 2018 after federal prosecutors accused them of spending more than $ 250,000 on family vacations, 

theater tickets, and meals. The couple initially pleaded guilty, and Hunter blamed the misuse of funds on his wife, who served as the campaign manager.

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After his wife agreed to cooperate with the prosecutor and changed the appeal, Hunter pleaded guilty in December of last year to stealing campaign funds. Due to the coronavirus epidemic that delayed his trial, he would have served 11 months in federal prison in 2021. Because of Trump's pardon, he will not be imprisoned now.

In a statement announcing pardon for Hunt, the White House argued that the case could have been handled in a civilian court, adding that the decision was backed by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley Smith.

Trump also expressed a complete pardon to former New York Representative Chris Collins, who was the first Republican member of Congress to support Trump's participation in the 2016 presidential election. He was charged with insider trading and lying to the FBI. Spent 26 months in prison.

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The former member of parliament was accused in August 2018 of selling shares in an Australian biotech company, as he was a member of the company's board of directors. The attorney general claimed that Collins ordered his son to sell the shares of the company after learning the results of a failed drug test in advance.

 The attorney general said that by selling the shares before the news of the drug trial was announced, he and his colleagues avoided losing $ 768,000.

In both cases, the Trump administration claimed that the waiver was issued at the request of "many" members of Congress.

Trump has also reduced the remaining sentence of former Texas representative Steve Stockman (Steve Stockman), who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018 for misusing charitable funds.

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The president also pardoned former campaign advisor George Papadopoulos and Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwan, both of whom had lied to the investigators. This is part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Papadopoulos, who served as foreign policy advisor for the 2016 Trump presidential election, was the first person to plead guilty to the Mueller investigation.


He admitted that he lied to FBI agents in the spring of 2016, lied that he had an affair with a professor in London, and told the Russians that there was "filth" about Hillary Clinton. Russia's contact with Papadopoulos was unsuccessful, but was placed under Mueller's team's radar at the start of the investigation.

In September 2018, a federal judge in Washington, DC, sentenced him to 14 days in prison and served his sentence later that year. And the judgment given by the judge was less than the judgment he was prepared to implement.

 He made it clear at the time that he liked Papadopoulos for expressing his remorse in court. But after Papadopoulos served his sentence, he became an outspoken critic of the Russian investigation and claimed he was caught in a political plot to oust Trump.

Papadopoulos tweeted on Tuesday evening, "Thank you, Mr. President, this means the world to me and my family!"

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