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Trump pardons former campaign chairman Paul Manafort

Son-in-law’s father, Charles Kushner, also granted clemency

- By Eric Tucker

WASHINGTON» Pres i - dent Donald Trump on Wednesday issued pardons and sentence commutatio­ns for 29 people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his sonin-law, in the latest burst of clemency in his final weeks at the White House.

The act ions bring to nearly 50 the number of people whom Trump in the last two days has granted clemency either by pardoning them or by commuting their sentences.

The pardons of Manafort and Roger Stone, who months earlier had his sentence commuted by Trump, underscore the president’s determinat­ion to use the power of his office he final weeks to unravel the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigat­ion and to come to the aid of associates he feels were wrongly pursued.

Trump has now pardoned four people convicted in that investigat­ion, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser George Papadopoul­os, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Manafort had been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine and was among the first people charged as part of Mueller’s investigat­ion into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. He was released to home confinemen­t last May because of coronaviru­s concerns in the federal prison system.

Kushner is the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a wealthy real estate executive who pleaded guilty years ago to tax evasion and making illegal campaign donations. Trump and the elder Kushner knew each other from real estate circles and their children were married in 2009.

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