On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump has freed 15 more people under presidential pardons. Among these include two implicated in the Russia probe. George Papadopoulos, who was Trump’s foreign policy advisor to his campaign in 2016. He has already served 12 days of his 14-day sentence in prison.
“Today’s pardon helps correct the wrong that (Robert) Mueller’s team inflicted on so many people,” the White House said. Trump also pardoned Alex van der Zwaan, the Dutch son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan.
Zwaan was handed down 30 days in prison and a fine of $20,000 for lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators about contacts with an official in Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Among the people pardoned by the U.S. president are three former Republican lawmakers, including Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter, and four Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqi civilians.
Collins was jailed for two years for helping his son and others escape losses worth $800,000 in the stock market by providing them insider information about a drug trial. Hunter got 11 months’ term as he pleaded guilty for stealing campaign funds and using it for personal purposes.
As Trump’s stay in the White House draws to a close, he has been granting pardons. Last month, Trump pardoned his former security adviser Michael Flynn. He pleaded guilty in 2017 of making false statements to US federal investigators.