PRESIDENT Donald Trump has pardoned a slew of people in his orbit as he prepares to leave the White House next month.
The lame duck president issued 15 pardons and five commutations on Tuesday for his Republican allies — including two former members of Congress and two men convicted in the Russia probe.
President Donald Trump has issued 20 pardonsCredit: AP:Associated Press
George Papadopoulos was the first campaign aide sentenced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Papadopoulos triggered the investigation and was sentenced in September 2018 for lying to the FBI about his interactions with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Former Republican Representatives Chris Collins, of New York, and Duncan Hunter, of California, were also pardoned.
Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump for the presidency — and was later sentenced to two years and two months in federal prison.
The former New York rep had admitted to helping his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed.
Hunter was sentenced in March to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $250,000 in campaign funds and trying to hide it on financial disclosures.
Prosecutors said they spent the money on everything ranging from outings with friends to his daughter’s birthday party.
Hunter resigned from Congress in January after representing one of Southern California’s last solidly Republican districts.
The president also pardoned Alex Van der Zwaan.
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