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Two of Trump’s pardons could set a precedent for ditching the Trump campaign

You know Dasher and Dancer and Roger and Kushner – but do you remember, the most consistent pardon of all? President Trump has issued a number of pardons ahead of his departure, the most recent of which includes Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, father of Jared Kushner. But two of the president’s pardons this week have flown relatively under the radar, despite offering a possible glimpse into Trump’s own future. John Tate and Jesse Benton were two of 26 people granted pardon on Wednesday who received pardons for their campaign bribery convictions in 2016. The two men, who were aides to former U.S. Representative Ron Paul, were found guilty of transferring $ 73,000 to a Senator in exchange for Paul’s endorsement during his 2012 presidential bid, The Des Moines Register reports. The payments were made by a third party. What Tate and Benton did, however, is akin to an LLC used by the Trump campaign to channel payments not registered by the FEC. The company was reportedly founded in part by Jared Kushner via Business Insider. The White House’s official pardon said Tate and Benton were convicted of an “unclear” and “not well-established” campaign reporting law. Anna Massoglia of the Center for Responsive Politics points out that her conviction is one of the few cases of campaign funding, “which had significant ramifications,” and that the pardon of the two “could send a very specific message that it is okay to violate FEC vendor disclosure rules.”> THREAD: Trump’s pardons by John Tate & Jesse Benton are an even bigger deal than they first seem, sending a very specific message that it’s okay to break the FEC’s rules on vendor disclosure – the Trump 2020 campaign supposedly by forwarding money through Shell company >> – Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) 24 December 2020More stories from 7 devastating cartoons about Russia’s massive cyberattack The Christmas of 1918 Joe Biden’s anti-revolution is taking shape

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