Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump issued a pardon to George Papadopoulos and Alex van der Zwaan, who were convicted of making false statements in conjunction with the Mueller investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.
In addition to those two pardons, the president also issued pardons for another 13 people, and commuted all or part of the sentence of 5 others.
“At the time that Mr. Papadopoulos allegedly made the false statements, he was not represented by counsel, and, after he was arrested, Mr. Papadopoulos gave additional information on his prior statements to the Special Counsel. Today’s pardon helps correct the wrong that Mueller’s team inflicted on so many people,” Trump wrote in the statement announcing the pardons.
Van der Zwaan was also pardoned. In the statement Trump said that “Mr. van der Zwaan was charged with a process-related crime, one count of making false statements, in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. None of his underlying conduct was alleged to have been unlawful, nor did prosecutors note any prior criminal history. Mr. van der Zwaan is a Dutch national who voluntarily returned to the United States to correct his statements and surrendered his passport upon entry.”
President Donald Trump pardoned former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos on Wednesday. Papadopoulos, shown here as he left the U.S. District Court after his sentencing hearing on September 7, 2018 in Washington, DC., pleaded guilty for making a “materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement” to investigators during FBI’s probe of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. Alex Wroblewski/Getty
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