Trump Commutes Sholom Rubashkin's Sentence

Trump issues first commuted prison sentence

On Wednesday, students at Chabad yeshivas everywhere burst in song and dance after the White House had announced that President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, a move supported by leaders "from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) to Orrin Hatch (R-Ut)". Rubashkin was the company's chief executive, and the plant had been the largest kosher meatpacking operation in the country.

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump commuted his first prison sentence since taking office Wednesday, reducing the sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, the former head of a Kosher-meat processing plant convicted of bank fraud, by almost 20 years.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 refused to hear an appeal contesting Rubashkin's sentence, which his lawyers argued was excessive for a first-time, non-violent offender.

The White House said in a statement that the President's evaluation of Mr. Rubashkin's case and compensation settlement were depended on assertion of corroboration from members of Congress and a wide representation of the legal populace.

Teig said that every court that looked at Rubashkin's sentence had concluded it was fair, and suggested that former Justice Department officials and lawmakers who supported leniency were unaware of the facts of the case.

"This action is not a Presidential pardon", the statement read. "It does not vacate Mr. Rubashkin's conviction, and it leaves in place a term of supervised release and a substantial restitution obligation, which were also part of Mr. Rubashkin's sentence".

Rubashkin, a father of 10, will have completed eight years of his sentence. "Additionally, more than 30 current Members of Congress have written letters expressing support for review of Mr. Rubashkin's case", Trump wrote.

Iowa's Sen. Chuck Grassley, Judiciary Committee chairman, did not recommend any action be taken on behalf of Rubashkin, Michael Zona, Grassley's deputy press secretary, said in a statement Wednesday. They also asked her to recuse herself, which she also denied.

According to multiple local and national news media reports about the Agriprocessors raid, prosecutors later accused Rubashkin of falsifying financial documents which he allegedly used to secure a multimillion-dollar credit line.

In November 2009, Rubashkin was convicted of 86 counts of financial fraud and money laundering.

Reade went on to say that Rubashkin repeatedly tried to "obstruct justice" when his criminal scheme was discovered and never fully accepted responsibility for his wrongdoing.

Defendant Sholom Rubashkin, right, listens to a witness during his trial on state child labor charges on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa. He pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona in August.

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