The investigation into President Donald Trump’s administration’s ties seems so long ago now — especially considering the administration’s scandals come about weekly — but it wasn’t so long ago that Robert Mueller and his colleagues arrested, charged, and prosecuted a number of individuals who failed to cooperate. Now, Trump seems intent on pardoning every single one. Officials associated with the investigation admitted that they expected Trump to do as much.
Michael Flynn is among the most notorious of those let off the hook so far. He was also the first big pardon. Flynn had been charged with obstruction of justice after lying to the FBI about backroom dealings with Russian diplomats. He pleaded guilty at first, then tried to withdraw the plea later.
George Papadopoulos served 14 days in federal prison for lying to the FBI, and was granted a full pardon. He was an important piece of Trump’s 2016 campaign and served as foreign policy adviser.
Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan collaborated with Paul Manafort on Ukraine, and was also charged with lying. He was allowed to go back to London after serving 30 days in federal prison. He was pardoned.
Speaking of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, he was one of the few prosecuted for more than just lying to the FBI (although he did that too). He was convicted for financial fraud. He was pardoned.
Trump buddy Roger Stone was earlier granted clemency after serving part of his prison sentence for lying to the FBI. Trump later granted Stone a full pardon.
It has been long believed that Trump would pardon members of his own family, and that parade has commenced. His son-in-law’s father, Charles Kushner, was granted a pardon for 2004 charges related to tax evasion, witness tampering, and lying to the Federal Election Commission. His taxes had been filed after saying $6 million worth of political contributions were actually business expenses. Maybe he even saw them that way!