Shortly before the end of his term in office, the elected US President Donald Trump pardoned other loyal companions. This time, real estate entrepreneur Charles Kushner, the father of his advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, is one of them.
True to the motto: Family First!
Charles Kushner was sentenced to two years in prison in 2005. The allegations against the New Jersey real estate millionaire included: illicit campaign donations, tax evasion and manipulation of witnesses. To prevent his own sister from testifying against him, Charles Kushner had appointed a prostitute on his brother-in-law. He sent a video of the arranged meeting to his sister. He has already served his sentence, but with the pardon, his criminal record is subsequently deleted.
Trump also pardoned the former chairman of his election campaign team, Paul Manafort, and his long-time confidante Roger Stone on Wednesday evening (local time).
Manafort had been sentenced to several years in prison for tax evasion and bank fraud. In July, Trump had already issued a prison sentence for Stone, who was convicted of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Stone was sentenced to more than three years in prison in February for, among other things, false testimony and obstruction of justice.
Republican Trump was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3rd election, but will remain president with full powers until January 20th. Former presidents such as Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also used the right to issue pardons up to their last days in office. At that time, too, there were always controversial cases – however, it was rather not about people who had been convicted of offenses that were directly related to the president or his election campaign.