Trump hands down 15 pardons, 5 commutations

by Jenny Mount · Dec 23rd, 2020 2:45 pm

Last Updated Dec 26th, 2020 at 11:18 pm

President Trump granted 15 pardons and five commutations to individuals on Tuesday, including a former campaign adviser, three former congressmen, and several former military contractors.

Trump is expected to announce more pardons in the coming weeks. Trump is reportedly considering pardoning several individuals involved in the Russia investigation, as well as some of his family members and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

On Tuesday, Trump pardoned George Papadopoulos, his former campaign adviser. Papadopoulos had made comments to an Australian diplomat that helped trigger Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Clemency was also granted to former New York Rep. Chris Collins, former California Rep. Duncan Hunter, and former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, as requested by numerous members of Congress.

Trump also pardoned four military contractors who were accused of killing more than a dozen Iraqi civilians in 2007. Contractors Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard were convicted of manslaughter, while contractor Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of murder.

Trump received pushback for the pardons.

"Trump is doling out pardons, not on the basis of repentance, restitution, or the interests of justice, but to reward his friends and political allies, to protect those who lie to cover up for him, to shelter those guilty of killing civilians, and to undermine an investigation that uncovered massive wrongdoing," said House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff.

Additionally, Trump pardoned Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer who admitted to lying to federal investigators in the Russian probe about his contact with a Trump campaign aide.

Two former Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, were pardoned after being convicted in the shooting of a suspected drug smuggler and then lying to cover it up. Other recipients of pardons include Utah legislator Philip Lyman, Otis Gordon, and Weldon Angelos.

Trump also commuted five sentences.


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