US President Donald Trump has pardoned former campaign manager Paul Manafort, ex-adviser Roger Stone, and the father of Mr. Trump’s son-in-law. Even earlier, US President Trump commuted the prison sentence of Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress.
According to BBC reports, Manager Paul Manafort was convicted in 2018 in an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Around 29 people will be benefited from Donald’s latest pardons before he leaves the White House next month. At the same time, 26 of them won full acquittals, and the other three received commutations.
A commutation usually takes the form of a reduced prison term but does not erase the conviction or imply innocence, and a Pardon is an expression of the president’s forgiveness that confers extra privileges such as restoring the convict’s right to vote.
While the final days of office, the Presidents often grant pardon. Mr. Trump has used the powerless than any president in modern history apart from George HW Bush.
Mr. Trump’s pardon for Manafort spared his former campaign chairman from serving most of his seven-and-a-half-year prison term for financial fraud and conspiring to obstruct the investigation into himself.
Manafort tweeted in his official Twitter account- “Mr. President, my family & I humbly thank you for the Presidential Pardon you bestowed on me. Words cannot fully convey how grateful we are.”
News Source – BBC
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