The White House announced that President Donald Trump granted pardons to 20 people, sentenced for various crimes.
“Today, President Donald J. Trump granted Full Pardons to 15 individuals and commuted part or all of the sentences of an additional 5 individuals,” the press release said before reviewing each of the cases involving the pardoned, on Dec. 22.
Among them are Trump’s former campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, former Republican representative for California Duncan Hunter and former New York representative Chris Collins, and the four guards from the private military company Blackwater involved in an Iraqi massacre.
These may be followed by other names. The long-awaited names of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former CIA and National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden do not appear.
These two individuals released classified information, acts that are considered by some to be heroic and deserving of a reprieve, and by others to be treasonous to the state.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was one of those who called on President Trump to intercede for Edward Snowden on Dec. 17, according to Axios.
“It is important to remember that Snowden leaked information about unconstitutional spying and was motivated to do so after watching Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lie about it under oath,” Paul explained.
Likewise, Paul accuses Obama of trying to cover up the deep state by condemning Snowden for alleged treason.
President Trump had already pardoned 44 citizens, including former National Security Advise Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn.
Also included among those pardoned were two Border Patrol agents convicted in 2006 of shooting and wounding an unarmed undocumented immigrant and then covering up for him, and several people convicted of nonviolent drug-related crimes who are serving long sentences, Fox News reported.
Some pardons were recommended by other congressmen and by conservative media. Others were recommended by Alice Johnson, previously pardoned by Trump at the behest of Kim Kardashian West.
The pardon of former Representative Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican convicted of fraud and money laundering and other crimes was granted on humanitarian grounds. He will still have to pay back $1 million.
“”has underlying pre-existing health conditions that place his health at greater risk during the COVID epidemic, and he has already contracted COVID while in prison,” the White House report explains.