US President Donald Trump has pardoned Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager. The latter was found guilty last year of, among other things, conspiring against the United States, money laundering and not registering as a ‘foreign agent’ for the former pro-Russian government of Ukraine.
Trump has also once again decided to pardon political employee Roger Stone and the father of his son-in-law, Charles Kushner.
Manafort, who is now no longer serving his six-year sentence, was one of the prime suspects in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia. US intelligence agencies have determined that the Russians were trying to influence the 2016 presidential election.
On Wednesday, the outgoing American president already pardoned fifteen people, including Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan and his former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Both figures also played a role in the Mueller study.
According to insiders, Trump would also consider pardoning his children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared. Also, he has suggested that he will again pardon himself.
While a presidential pardon decree exempts a person from federal prosecution, it does not mean that a person cannot be prosecuted under the criminal law of an individual state.