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Trump Pardons Charles Kushner, Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, Roger Stone

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In a move that surprised precious few, President Donald Trump issued another flurry of pardons to his allies on Wednesday night, including a full pardon for his son-in-law’s father, Charles Kushner, and Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who was found guilty of tax and bank fraud and later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice after lying to investigators looking into Russian election interference.

The two were among 26 others to receive clemency on Wednesday from the outgoing president, who in recent days has appeared determined to cause as much shock and confusion as he can before he leaves office on Jan. 20.

Trump’s pardon of Manafort, however, had largely been expected in light of his repeated praise for him and complaints that he’d been victimized by the Russia “hoax.”

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