The elderly Mr. Kushner founded his brother-in-law who helped on the investigation by hiring a prostitute to seduce him and then sending a tape of the deed to his wife, Mr. Kushner’s own sister. He was prosecuted by Chris Christie, a then US attorney and later governor of New Jersey. Mr. Christie, a friend of Mr. Trump’s, previously described Mr. Kushner’s actions as “loathsome” and “gross” but declined to comment on the pardon this week.
Mr Trump, who promised to “drain the swamp” in his 2016 campaign, also pardoned four former Republican Congressmen convicted of corruption, including the first member of the House of Representatives to support him for President Chris Collins, who was his son with an insider trading inventory called Tip from the White House lawn.
The president pardoned a former campaign manager and nephew through the marriage of Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and a key ally. He pardoned four security companies from Blackwater, the company founded by Erik Prince, the brother of his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Mr Trump does little to hide the fact that his pardons go to those with connections and even lists in his announcements who recommended them. A man who was pardoned on Wednesday for cybercrime was joined by Isaac Perlmutter, the chairman of Marvel Entertainment and friend of Mr. Trump from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
Seven drug convicts on pardon this week were recommended by Alice Marie Johnson, a former pardon who originally brought Mr. Trump’s attention to Kim Kardashian West. Five beneficiaries had the assistance of Pam Bondi, who served as an attorney for Mr Trump during his Senate impeachment this year.
Two were employees of Conrad M. Black, the former media baron and friend of Mr. Trump, who received an apology for fraud and obstruction of judicial convictions in 2019, a year after he wrote a flattering book about the president.
Aside from the cabinet connection, the four Blackwater contractors were supported by Pete Hegseth, a Fox News presenter and outspoken Trump supporter who had a history of influencing the president.