Donald Trump has given a full pardon to about fifteen people and has partially or fully appreciated the sentences of five others, announcing the White House on Tuesday, 22 December. These pardons would be particularly beneficial to two personalities trapped in investigations into Russian interference during the 2016 election.
George Papadopoulos, a former diplomatic adviser to the US president, was granted a total pardon during his 2016 campaign. He admitted to lying to the FBI. About his contact with an intermediary who promised to keep him in touch with the Russian authorities And served 12 days in jail. “Today’s grace heals the loss inflicted on many by Müller. [procureur qui a supervisé l’enquête]“, The White House said.
Donald Trump also pardoned four former employees of the private security company Blackwater, who were implicated in the 2007 Iraqi killings. He was convicted of participating in a shooting in Baghdad that sparked an international scandal, highlighting the use of private companies by the US military. Fourteen Iraqi civilians were killed and 17 were injured. The Blackwater Guards claimed to have acted in self-defense.
One of the men who pardoned Nicholas Slayton was sentenced to life imprisonment in prison. The White House said on Tuesday that the four Americans, all former military personnel, had “A long history of service to the nation”.
Democrats have strongly criticized these measures. “Trump has loyalty above all: over the rule of law, over our democracy, and certainly over justice”, Rebel Adam Schiff, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Prior to Donald Trump, other US heads of state took advantage of his last days in the White House to offer a presidential pardon. Thus, Democrat Bill Clinton pardoned 140 people on the last day of his mandate in 2001, remembering Politico (Article in english).