US President Trump pardons ex-campaign chief Manafort, associate Roger Stone

US President Trump pardons ex-campaign chief Manafort, associate Roger Stone

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US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, a real estate developer and the father of his son-in-law, Jared.


Manafort was convicted as part of the special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Trump had earlier commuted the criminal sentence of Stone, who was convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers.


It is the second wave of pardons Trump has issued in two days and comes just after Trump arrived in Palm Beach, Florida for the holiday season.


In total, he issued on Wednesday full pardons to 26 individuals and commuted part or all of the sentences of an additional three people.


                                     
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