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Trump pardoned the son of Denver powerful lobbyist Norm Braunstein

President Donald Trump pardoned the son of Norm Brownstein, a Denver lobbyist, early Wednesday as Trump prepared to leave office.

Drew “Beau” Brownstein He pleaded guilty in 2011 For illegal stock trading a year ago It earned him about $ 2.4 million. Sentenced to spend a year and a day in prison.

President Trump granted a complete pardon to Drew Brownstein, who, apart from this conviction, was described by the sentencing judge as someone who “does his best to help the less fortunate,” Statement from the White House He said. “This pardon is supported by the Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Department, Place Dilrheim, and many of Mr. Braunstein’s friends and family.”

The White House said Brownstein had fully paid for his purposes and confiscations related to his case.

“Before and after his conviction, Mr. Brownstein volunteered extensively as a youth coach with the Boys and Girls Club in Denver and the Jewish Family Services in Colorado,” the White House statement read.

Drew Brownstein expressed regret while sentencing him in New York City about a decade ago.

“I want to tell you how sorry I am making a huge mistake,” Brownstein told US District Judge Robert Pattinson in the 2012 ruling against him, according to the Denver Post. “I take full responsibility for my actions, and I’ll have to live with this for the rest of my life.”

Norm Braunstein is the founder and chairman of Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck, one of the country’s most influential lobbying firms. It is headquartered in Denver.

Former US Senators Ted Kennedy and Hank Brown He once called Braunstein “Senator America 101”.

Drew Brownstein is among more than 140 people who were offered clemency by Trump when he left the White House. Former Trump chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was among those who pardoned.

The final amnesty list was full of traditional candidates whose cases were advocated by criminal justice activists. A man who spent nearly 24 years in prison on drug and weapons charges has been commuted but showed exemplary behavior behind bars. So did a former Marine who was sentenced in 2000 in connection with a cocaine conviction.

Nevertheless, the names of Trump’s most prominent allies have emerged.

One of the recipients was Elliott Broidy, a prominent Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty last fall to a plot to pressure the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the looting of a Malaysian wealth fund. Another was Ken Corson, a friend of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was accused last October of cyber-stalking during a heated divorce.

Bannon’s pardon was particularly notable given that the prosecution was still in its infancy and any trial was months away. While pardons are traditionally seen as defendants faced with justice, often by spending at least some time in prison, the pardon eliminates prosecution and virtually eliminates any possibility of punishment.

Bannon was accused in August of deceiving thousands of donors who believed their money would be used to fulfill a major Trump campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border. Instead, I allegedly transferred over $ 1 million, paying a campaign official’s salary and personal expenses for himself. The other accused were not pardoned.

President Donald J. Trump disembarks Marine One at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas Tuesday January 12, 2021, and sits on Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland (official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Representative Adam Schiff, California State Representative, said on Twitter: “Steve Bannon got a pardon from Trump after defrauding Trump supporters to pay for a wall Trump promised Mexico would pay for.” “And if all this sounds crazy, it is because it is. Thank God we only have another 12 hours of this lair of thieves.”

Other presidents issued a controversial amnesty before leaving the White House. But perhaps no other supreme leader has enjoyed this power by using the power of clemency not only for the benefit of friends and acquaintances but also famous accusers and those supported by allies.

Wednesday’s list includes its share of high-profile suspects.

They included rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, both of whom were convicted in Florida of weapons-related charges. Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, has repeatedly expressed support for Trump and recently met the president on criminal justice issues. Other people on the list include Death Row Records co-founder Michael Harris, art dealer and New York art collector Hillel Nehmd.

Former Rep. Rick Renzi, a Republican from Arizona who was sentenced to three years in prison for corruption, money laundering and other charges, and former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham of California, who was convicted of accepting bribes from defense contractors, have been pardoned. Cunningham, who was released from prison in 2013, was granted a parole.

Trump has commuted the prison sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who spent nearly seven years behind bars on charges of extortion and bribery.

Trump has already pardoned many of his longtime aides and supporters, including his former campaign chief, Paul Manafort. Charles Kushner, father-in-law; His longtime friend and advisor Roger Stone; And his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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