The New Paper

December 23, 2020

President Trump issues 15 pardons, along with 5 commutations

President Trump issued 15 pardons yesterday, along with commuting the sentences of five other people. The new pardons include two former Republican congressmen, four former security contractors (convicted in a 2007 massacre of 14 Iraqi civilians), and two people sentenced to prison as part of the Mueller investigation into 2016 election meddling. Here’s a full list of yesterday’s pardons.

More context: Outgoing presidents commonly issue pardons at the end of their term.

Extra: Trump has granted ~2% of requested pardons (42 total) thus far in his term. Obama granted ~6% (212) and Bush granted ~7% (189), both across two terms.
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