President Donald Trump is doing what he wants to do right now and he does not care what anyone thinks about it. He is issuing pardons to his allies.
He still lags far behind the majority of other recent presidents in terms of pardons granted and on Wednesday night he issued several more, including some for familiar names.
He handed pardons to his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s dad Charles Kushner, his former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his longtime associate and confidant Roger Stone.
Manafort and Stoner were convicted during the Russian collusion probe of the 2016 presidential campaign headed by former Special Counsel Bob Mueller.
The president granted pardons to 26 people on Wednesday and commuted all or part of the sentences of three others.
He started his pardons on Tuesday night when he gave clemency to 20 other convicts.
Charles Kushner was prosecuted by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was a United States attorney in the early 2000s. He was prosecuted sentenced for tax evasion, witness tampering, and illegal campaign contributions.