Donald Trump went on a pardon spree on Tuesday, issuing a series of commutations that included former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who went to prison for tax fraud and false statements.
These controversial pardons affected people who have received praise and sympathy from pundits on Fox News. But one pardon, in particular, stands out: that of construction executive Paul Pogue, who was sentenced to three years probation after evading $473,000 in taxes.
As noted by The Daily Beast, “Pogue’s family has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct contributions and in-kind air travel to the Trump Victory Fund. Beginning in August 2019, Ben Pogue — CEO of Pogue Construction and son of Paul Pogue — and his wife Ashleigh made over $200,000 in contributions to the campaign.”
“In August alone Ben Pogue donated $85,000 to Trump Victory while Ashleigh Pogue contributed $50,000 that month,” the report states, adding that “the following month, Ben Pogue made an in-kind air travel contribution of $75,404.40. The couple also made several large donations to the Republican National Committee and each donated $5,600 to Donald Trump for President Inc.”
One must wonder: Are pardons for sale at the Trump White House?