Trump announces pardons for Papadapoulous, 14 others

President Trump has issued full pardons for 15 individuals including former Trump campaign advisor George Papadapoulous.

Papadapoulous was sentenced to 14 days in prison and given a $9,500 fine for lying to the FBI during Mueller’s probe.

He pleaded guilty to misleading federal investigators about his meetings with Russia-connected Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud.

The White House argued he had been charged with a “process-related crime” even though “Mueller stated in his report that he found no evidence of collusion in connection with Russia’s attempts to interfere in the election.”

Trump also granted a pardon for Alex Van der Zwaan, another individual charged as part of Mueller’s investigation.

Van der Zwaan served 30 days in prison for lying to investigators.

Per The Hill “Trump granted a full pardon to former California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, who pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds in 2019. He also granted a pardon to former New York GOP Rep. Chris Collins, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to the FBI in 2019 and is currently serving a 26-month sentence.”