Trump pardons persons of interest within case on Russia’s interference in 2016 US elections

Source : 112 Ukraine

Totally, Trump has pardoned 15 people
08:34, 23 December 2020

The U.S. President Donald Trump
Associated Press

President of the U.S. Donald Trump has pardoned ex-employee of his election campaign George Papadopoulos accused of false evidence within the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in 2016 and Alex van der Zwaan as the White House reported.

“Today, President Trump granted a full pardon to George Papadopoulos.  Mr. Papadopoulos was charged with a process-related crime, one count of making false statements, in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Notably, Mueller stated in his report that he found no evidence of collusion in connection with Russia’s attempts to interfere in the election.  Nonetheless, the Special Counsel’s team still charged Mr. Papadopoulos with this process-related crime,” the message said.

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Trump has also pardoned Alex van der Zwaan convicted for false evidence to prosecutors on his contacts with official of election campaign in 2016.

“Alex van der Zwaan, the Dutch son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan. Van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in prison and fined $20,000 for lying to US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators about contacts with an official in Trump’s 2016 campaign,” Reuters reported.

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Besides, the president granted pardon to two former representatives of the Republic Party: Duncan Hunter who pled guilty to one count of misusing campaign funds, an offense that could have been handled as a civil case via the Federal Election Commission and Chris Collins was convicted due to conspiring to commit securities fraud and making false statements to the FBI. 

Totally, Trump pardoned 15 people.

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As we reported, U.S. President Donald Trump rejected U.S. intelligence warnings that Russia would interfere in the 2020 US presidential election

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