Trump pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner’s dad

Kushner, a wealthy real estate executive, pleaded guilty years ago to tax evasion and making illegal campaign donations
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Added to President Donald Trump's slate of pardoned convicts is Paul Manafort (right), his former campaign manager. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued pardons and sentence commutations for 29 people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, Jared.

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Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, leaves the Federal Courthouse on Jan. 25, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Getty Images)

The actions announced Wednesday night bring to 49 the number of people Trump has granted clemency either through pardons or sentence commutations. in the past two days

The pardons of Manafort and Stone, who was caught up in the probe of Russia and the Trump campaign and whose sentence Trump commuted months earlier, underscore the president’s determination to use the power of his office in its 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 in May because of coronavirus concerns in the federal prison system.

Manafort, in a tweet, thanked Trump and lavished praise on the outgoing president, declaring that history would show he had accomplished more than any of his predecessors.

Kushner is the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared, 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.