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Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

 

February 20, 2020



WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president's wealthy friends and political allies.

In at least some cases, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and '80s junk-bond king Michael Milken, Trump has personal relationships with those he granted clemency. In three others he drew on the recommendations of a Tennessee grandmother he'd previously granted clemency at the urging of reality-TV star Kim Kardashian West.

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