Trump pardoned Kushner’s associate Ken Kurston indicted by Manhattan prosecutor
Dozens of people in former President Donald Trump’s orbit have been investigated, charged and convicted of a multitude of crimes and misdemeanors.
His national security adviser turned conspiratorial hawker, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about his conversations with figures in the Russian government.
Its 2016 campaign manager, Roger Stone, was convicted of lying to Congress about his dealings with WikiLeaks executives.
Its 2016 campaign executive chairman and declared white nationalist Steve Bannon has been arrested for defrauding supporters who helped fund an online campaign to build a southern border wall.
And the list continues.
Pardons were as common as criminals in the Trumposphere. Trump has used his executive grace powers to benefit his friends on an unprecedented level, pardoning Flynn, Stone, Bannon and others.
Among those others was Ken Kurson, editor of the New York Observer, while Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, was the newspaper’s editor.
Kurson was arrested in October last year for installing spyware to illegally monitor his ex-wife. He was one of 70 people Trump pardoned during his last hours in office.
But last week, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office – a lingering thorn in Trump’s side – announced that Kurson had again been indicted, at the state level, on two counts of unlawful surveillance of his ex-wife as their marriage dissolved in 2015, The New York Times reported.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said:
“We will not accept presidential pardons as jail release cards for well connected people in New York.”
Neither Trump nor Kushner have publicly responded to the development, and Kurson’s lawyers have not commented on The Times.
Trump’s critics have celebrated the development, however small, on social media.
Others hoped the charges meant a growing threat to the bigger fish in Trump’s swamp.
Vance intends to retire by the end of 2021.