Friends With Benefits. President Trump Issued 26 New Pardons And Three Commutations Wednesday.

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone exits federal court Washington. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 issued pardons and sentence commutations for 29 people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest burst of clemency in his final weeks at the White House. Also receiving a pardon is Roger Stone, another longtime Trump associate caught up in the probe of Russia and the Trump campaign. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

President Trump spent part of Wednesday issuing a wave of pardons and commutations for 29 people who will be having a much better holiday season than they thought they would.

There sere some familiar names on the list of people pardoned, including Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. He also pardoned Roger Stone, a former adviser. Both Stone and Manafort  were prosecuted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Also on the list of presidential pardons was Charles Kushner, the father of Jarod Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and husband of Ivanka Trump. The elder Kushner was sentenced to two years of prison time for making false tax returns and illegal campaign donations.  Kushner, like Trump, was a successful real estate developer in New York City. 

On Tuesday Trump pardoned Duncan Hunter, the former California Republican congressman, and Wednesday he pardoned his estranged wife, Margaret Hunter. She was serving three years probation for conspiracy to misuse campaign funds.

It’s very common for presidents to use their clemency power near the end of their terms. 

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