Washington- Following the second night of pardons of people connected to President Trump, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:

“In pardoning Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, President Trump has made it clear that he believes the purpose of the pardon is to bail out rich white men connected to him. Trump has turned an instrument of mercy and justice into just another way for him to be corrupt.”