President Trump commuted the prison term of Sholom Rubashkin, who had served eight years of a 27-year sentence for bank fraud. Rubashkin, 57, is the father of 10 children. He ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the nation’s largest kosher meat-processing company. The White House said many people have called his sentence excessive compared with penalties imposed for similar crimes. Trump’s action leaves in place a term of supervised release and a substantial restitution obligation.
The White House said the commutation was backed by a bipartisan group of 30 members of Congress and 100 former high-ranking Department of Justice officials, prosecutors, judges, and legal scholars. Among those on the list are former attorneys general Bill Barr, Edwin Meese, and Michael Mukasey, former FBI director Louis Freeh, Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).