The list of those granted clemency includes:
The list did not include any members of the Trump family or other notable figures whose names had come up in recent speculation about pardons, such as Rudy Giuliani, Julian Assange, or Edward Snowden.
The president’s new list of pardons and commutations comes just weeks after he pardoned dozens of other allies, including his friend and confidant Roger Stone, his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Charles Kushner, father of Trump’s son-in-law Jared. Other allies of Trump who have received pardons in the final weeks of his presidency include former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
During the Mueller investigation, Trump’s lawyer floated a pardon to Manafort.
Manafort withdrew his cooperation with prosecutors, lied, was convicted, and then Trump praised him for not “ratting.”
Trump’s pardon now completes the corrupt scheme.
Lawless until the bitter end.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 24, 2020
Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard were convicted on murder and manslaughter charges in 2014 after a monthslong trial in Washington. After they received their pardons, Faris Fadel, the brother of slain Iraqi civilian Osama Abbas, called Trump’s decision “unfair.”
“This decision was wrong; it was unfair,” Fadel said. “How can you release those who have blood on their hands?”