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Trump Pardons Mueller Probe Figures, Blackwater Guards, Ex-GOP Lawmakers

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President Trump went on a pardon spree for the holidays on Tuesday, announcing he would grant pardons to the first two congressmen to endorse him during his first presidential run, two people convicted in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, and four Blackwater guards convicted in connection with a massacre of Iraqi civilians, among a host of others.

All in all, Trump granted 15 pardons, and commuted five sentences.

The Blackwater guards had been convicted of their role in killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. One of the Blackwater guards pardoned by Trump, Nicholas Slatten, was convicted of the first-degree murder of an unarmed Iraqi civilian, Ahmed Al Rubia’y, and sentenced to life in prison by the Justice Department in 2019.

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