Trump pardons 15, commutes 5 sentences, including GOP allies

Trump pardoned 15, commuted 5 sentences, including GOP allies
A Marine stands outside the entrance to the West Wing of the White House, signifying the President is in the Oval Office, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Daily US Times: President Donald Trump pardoned 15 people on Tuesday, including his Republican allies who were strong and early supporters and a 2016 campaign official ensnared in the Russia probe and former government contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad.

The President also commuted the sentences of five others. While it is not unusual for presidents to grant clemency on their way out of the White House, Trump has made clear that he has no qualms about intervening in the cases of allies and friends whom he believes have been treated unfairly. Despite speculation, though, members of Trump’s own family, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and the President himself were not on the list.

Mr Trump’s actions in his final weeks in the Oval Office show a president who is wielding his executive power to reward his friends and loyalists who he believes have been wronged by a legal system he sees as biased against him and his allies.

And it comes as he continues to dispute his election loss to Joe Biden with increasingly conspiratorial claims about widespread voting fraud despite no evidence to support it.

Those pardoned by Trump included former Republican Reps. Chris Collins of New York and Duncan Hunter of California. Trump pardoned a current state representative, Phil Lyman of Utah, who led an ATV protest through restricted federal lands and commuted the sentence of former Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas.

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