U.S. President Donald Trump has pardoned Ken Kurson, a former Ripple board member and the co-founder of Trendy Consensus, a crypto media outlet.
Kurson was one of 73 individuals who acquired a full pardon from Trump early Wednesday, lower than 12 hours earlier than his presidency is ready to finish. An additional 70 people had their sentences commuted, however the listing didn’t embody Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Street founder who was reportedly considered for a pardon final month; Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder who helped popularize the usage of bitcoin; or Edward Snowden, who launched particulars a couple of U.S. surveillance program to Glenn Greenwald, then a reporter at The Guardian.
Different recipients of Wednesday’s pardons embody former marketing campaign strategist Steve Bannon, who stated in 2018 he was working on a cryptocurrency project earlier than his 2020 arrest on fraud fees, rapper Lil Wayne, who confronted jail time on a firearms charge, and Kodak Black, who’s serving a 3-year sentence on weapons fees.
Kurson was arrested final October on fees of cyberstalking his ex-wife, after a background test raised accusations of sending threatening messages, putting in keystroke-monitoring software program and making false accusations to somebody’s employer, the New York Occasions reported at the time.
“In a robust letter to the prosecutors, Mr. Kurson’s ex-wife wrote on his behalf that she by no means needed this investigation or arrest and, ‘repeatedly requested for the FBI to drop it… I employed a lawyer to guard me from being pressured into yet one more spherical of questioning. My disgust with this arrest and the next articles is bottomless,’” Wednesday’s pardon discover learn.
The pardon discover continued on to reward Kurson, who’s a good friend to Trump’s son-in-law and presidential adviser Jared Kushner, calling him a “neighborhood chief.”
The shortage of Ulbricht’s identify on the listing is prone to disappoint many within the crypto trade, who’ve been advocating for the Silk Street founder’s pardon for years. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-W.V.), a Congressman since 2012, has been a vocal advocate for Ulbricht’s pardon, alongside people like Snowden.
Trump is formally out of workplace at midday Jap time on Wednesday, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. He can proceed making pardons till that point.
UPDATE (Jan. 20, 2021, 07:30 UTC): Provides additional info, corrects that Snowden didn’t leak particulars to Wikileaks, however to Glenn Greenwald.