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Trump pardons George Papadopoulos in latest batch of pardons

Trump pardons George Papadopoulos in latest batch of pardons
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President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE pardoned George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE on Tuesday as part of a string of pardons issued in the remaining days of his presidency.

Papadopoulos, who was one of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy advisers in 2016, was charged with one count of making false statements in connection with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation.

Speculation grew that Papadopoulos might be pardoned after Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn last month, raising questions of who might be next.

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The former campaign adviser was the first to be sentenced after pleading guilty in 2018 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries when he was on the campaign. He was sentenced to 14 days in prison and 12 months of supervised release.

“Notably, Mueller stated in his report that he found no evidence of collusion in connection with Russia’s attempts to interfere in the election,” the White House said in its statement. “Nonetheless, the Special Counsel’s team still charged Mr. Papadopoulos with this process-related crime.”

The former Trump campaign aide later ran for the House seat vacated by former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Maher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Former Obama official named NFL senior VP of communications MORE (D-Calif.) when she resigned in 2019.

The president pardoned 15 individuals and issued five commutations on Tuesday evening. Alex van der ZwaanAlex van der ZwaanPardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' CNN's John Berman on Trump pardons: 'Good night to be a corrupt Republican congressman' MORE, who was also charged with making false statements regarding the Russia investigation, was also pardoned.