President Donald Trump issued pardons and sentence commutations for 29 more people on Wednesday, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, the Associated Press reports. The actions bring to nearly 50 the number of people who have received clemency in the last two days. Pardons of Manafort and Roger Stone, who earlier had his sentence commuted by Trump, underscore the president’s determination to use the power of his office to unravel the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and to come aid associates he feels were wrongly pursued. Trump has so far pardoned four people convicted in that investigation, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, both of whom had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Manafort had been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine. He was among the first people charged as part of Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. He was released to home confinement last May because of coronavirus concerns in the federal prison system. Manafort thanked Trump in a tweet and lavished praise on the outgoing president, saying history would show he had accomplished more than any of his predecessors. Kushner is the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a wealthy real estate executive who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and making illegal campaign donations. Trump and the elder Kushner knew each other from real estate circle. Their children were married in 2009. See also: Trump Pardon List Favors the Well-Connected.