Trump Commutes Prison Sentence for Former Iowa Agriprocessors CEO

Sholom Rubashkin 57 was sentenced to 27 years in prison for 86 counts of financial crimes as well as lying on the witness stand in 2009

The statement added that there was a vast bipartisan support in calling for Rubashkin's sentence to be reduced. The charges stemmed from a 2008 immigration raid at Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville.

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.

In 2012, more than 80 former federal judges supported an unsuccessful request to the US Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the Rubashkin case.

The statement notes that Rubashkin has received bipartisan calls for his commutation from "leaders from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi to Orrin Hatch". His conviction remains in place and he will be under a term of supervised release and a major restitution obligation despite being released from prison.

Nevertheless, President Trump noted that his decision to commute Rubashkin's sentence was based on "expressions of support from Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community". Rubashkin had tried for years to get a reduced sentence, but was repeatedly turned down by the courts. Furthermore more than 30 present members of congress have composed letters communicating endorsement for review of Mr. Rubashkin's case.

Also among them were former U.S. Department of Justice officials who wanted a review of the case - Attorney General Bill Barr, Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Solicitor General Seth Waxman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh, according to the White House statement.

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.

Rubashkin's attorneys a year ago accused prosecutors of improperly interfering with the sale of Agriprocessors and depressing its sale price by millions.

In response to Rubashkin's motion, former Department of Justice officials and others concerned about the case, in opinion columns of the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, called on then-President Barack Obama to free Rubashkin or commute his sentence.

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.

"After years of getting railroaded by the legal system, Sholom Rubashkin is finally going home thanks to [Trump]", Greenfield said.

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