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Trump Pardons 5, Commutes Sentences of 2

Pardons do not seem to be related to any high-profile lobbying efforts this time around
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2019 4:32 PM CDT
President Donald Trump arrives before signing H.R. 1327, an act ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, in the Rose Garden of the White House,...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – President Trump has issued full pardons to five men convicted of crimes including theft, fraud, and drug trafficking, in addition to commuting the sentences of two others, the AP reports. The president commuted the sentences of Ted Suhl, who was convicted of bribery related to Medicaid fraud, and Ronen Nahmani, a Florida man convicted of selling synthetic marijuana. The White House says Nahmani, who has five young children and a wife suffering from terminal cancer, "is a non-violent, first-time offender with no criminal history." Lawmakers on both sides of the aisles had championed his case. Those men will be released early from federal prison, CNN reports, while the five who were pardoned have already been released and will now see their full rights restored.

The pardons included one man who President Obama had already pardoned, but whose fraud conviction had not been encompassed in that pardon because of a clerical error. Trump's clemency actions to date have tended to focus on household names and conservatives, including champion boxer Jack Johnson, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza and media mogul Conrad Black. He also pardoned Alice Johnson, a woman whose case was championed by Kim Kardashian West. But this time around, the White House release suggested the traditional Justice Department pardon process led to the pardons.

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