PRESIDENT Donald Trump has pardoned 20 people in his orbit as he prepares to leave the White House next month.
Among those pardoned by the lame duck president include ex-campaign aide George Papadopoulos, among other Republican allies.
President Donald Trump has issued 20 pardons[/caption]
Former Republican Representatives Chris Collins, of New York, and Duncan Hunter, of California, were also pardoned.
Papadopoulos was the first campaign aide sentenced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Papadopoulos triggered the investigation and was sentenced in September 2018 for lying to the FBI about his interactions with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Trump to be president, was sentenced to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed.
Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter’s birthday party.
The president also pardoned Alex Van der Zwaan.
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