- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

President Trump commuted the prison sentence Wednesday of an Iowa man serving 27 years for bank fraud.

The president commuted the sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, 57, a father of 10 who previously ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the country’s largest kosher meat-processing company.

The White House said the clemency was “encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the political spectrum,” from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

In 2009, Rubashkin was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced to 27 years in prison. He has now served more than 8 years of that sentence, “which many have called excessive in light of its disparity with sentences imposed for similar crimes,” the White House said.

The statement said the president’s review of Rubashkin’s case and was “based on expressions of support from Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community.”

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