Corrupt Republican Pardons of Criminals

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  • Pardoned a convicted drug smuggler who had connections with his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family after her served only two and a half years of his ten-year sentence
    26 Nov 2023
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned notorious former Republican Rep. Duke Cunningham who served an eight-year sentence in prison for raking in $2.3 million in bribes from defense contractors
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Republican Rep. Robin Hayes who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his role in a $1.5 million bribery scheme following a request from Republican Senator Thom Tillis
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Republican Rep. Rick Renzi who served two years in prison for corruption giving credence to a public relations campaign he led baselessly accusing the DOJ of wrongfully imprisoning him
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned Republican mayor of Mettawa, IL and brother of famed NFL player Brian Urlacher who was charged with being a leader of a multi-million dollar illegal offshore sports gambling ring led by the Chicago mob after personally meeting with the former player at the White House and before the case against his brother had concluded
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned his former top-adviser Steve Bannon before his case went to trial for stealing one million dollars from donors to an online charity fundraiser to build a wall on the Mexico border
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Commuted convicted fraudster Phillip Esformes' sentence after he had only served less than two years of his twenty-year sentence for a massive healthcare fraud following a public relations campaign his well-connected family waged with the Trump White House
    24 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Honored a request from Senator Rand Paul to pardon two aides who worked on his father Ron's 2012 Presidential campaign and were convicted for bribing a state senator $73,000 to change his vote in the Iowa caucuses
    24 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Rand Paul aide Jesse Benton who was convicted of giving a 73K bribe to an Iowa state senator in exchange for his endorsement of then Presidential candidate Ron Paul following a request by Republican Sen. Rand Paul
    24 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned the wife of disgraced Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter who pleaded guilty to stealing campaign contributions for personal use
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan with a pardon after he refused to cooperate with the Mueller investigation and served a 30-day sentence for lying to the FBI about his work with top Trump adviser Rick Gates and an individual tied to Russian intelligence services
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned his son-in-law's father Charles Kushner who served 14 months in prison in the early 2000's for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering 14 years after he concluded his sentence which benefits his namesake company by making it much easier for them to secure financing for major projects
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned his senior adviser Roger Stone as a reward for him refusing to testify against Trump after publicly bashing the US Attorneys who prosecuted the criminal obstruction and witness tampering case against him
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded his 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort with a pardon after he served less than two years of his 7-year sentence after inexplicably breaking his plea deal by lying to investigators about information potentially damaging to Trump
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned his former campaign aid George Papadopoulos who lied to the FBI about his many interactions with top Russian intelligence officials -- at the height of the 2016 Presidential campaign -- who claimed they had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton that could help the Trump campaign and used the occasion to lash out at Special Counsel Robert Mueller for prosecuting him in the first place
    22 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Commuted former Republican Rep. Steve Stockman's ten-year prison sentence after serving only two years for stealing $1.25 million meant for a charity but using it for personal expenses and to fund his campaign instead
    22 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Rep. Chris Collins as a reward for being the first member of Congress to endorse his 2016 campaign resulting in him only serving 10 weeks of a 26-month prison sentence for insider trading
    Staff Notes: Not a coincidence he happened to get pardoned. The message is if you are loyal to Trump, he will return the favor.
    22 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Rep. and early 2016 campaign supporter Duncan Hunter who admitted to stealing campaign contributions for personal use days before he was set to begin his 11-month prison sentence
    22 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded former national security adviser Michael Flynn with a pardon after he stopped cooperating with investigators following his guilty plea for lying to the FBI over his communications with top Russian officials before he was sentenced and without consulting with the Justice Department first
    26 Nov 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned a Republican House candidate and QAnon conspiracy theorist who was a major Trump backer and previously served two years in prison for her role in an organized auto theft ring back in 2004
    18 Feb 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded business executive Paul Pogue who served three years' probation for failing to pay over $400k in taxes with a pardon months after his son and daughter-in-law donated $238,541 to Trump's reelection campaign
    18 Feb 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former New York police commissioner and vocal Trump supporter Bernard Kerik who illegally received over $250,000 from a company with suspected connections to organized crime four years after his prison sentence concluded after lobbying from his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani
    18 Feb 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned personal friend Conrad Black who published a fawning book with a title calling him a "President Like No Other" and previously served time for scheming to siphon off millions of dollars from the newspaper company he was CEO of
    15 May 2019
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Paul LePage [2022 GOP ME Nominee]
    Pardoned his late mentor's grandson who was convicted of felony drug trafficking and tried to keep it secret in a breach of precedent in which governors usually publicly identify the names of people they pardoned
    27 Mar 2019
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded Arizona real estate developer Mike Ingram who donated $10,000 to a Trump super PAC a week prior by pardoning two men he advocated for: convicted arsonists Dwight and Steven Hammond who intentionally set a fire on their property to destroy evidence of their illegal poaching that got out of control and spread to federal land
    10 Jul 2018
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned radical rightwing filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza six years after his conviction of making illegal campaign contributions after Senator Ted Cruz personally lobbied for it
    31 May 2018
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was convicted of contempt of court for racially profiling and illegally detaining people of Latino descent before he would be sentenced for his crime
    27 Aug 2017
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Haley Barbour [R-MS]
    Pardoned a man convicted of soliciting sexually explicit messages from an underage girl after having a private lunch with a close friend of his family
    10 Jan 2012
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Haley Barbour [R-MS]
    Pardoned a man who killed an 8-month-old boy in an alcohol-fueled crash who belongs to a politically connected family that donates a lot of money to Republicans
    10 Jan 2012
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Haley Barbour [R-MS]
    Pardoned the brother of famed NFL quarterback Brett Favre who killed someone else in a drunk driving crash decades ago and had long since completed his sentence which makes you wonder if the only reason he pardoned him is because he's close with Favre
    10 Jan 2012
    According to news reports from credible media outlets