As the Trump administration winds down, the growing movement calling for a pardon of physically ill incarcerated Australian journalist Julian Assange has been snubbed once again in favor of thugs and fraudsters connected to the Chabad-Lubavitch sect.
The latest clemency proposal granted to the Aleph Institute, which is controlled by members of Chabad-Lubavitch, is Philip Esformes. Esformes was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year after swindling $1.4 billion dollars in tax payer money through Medicare fraud. Esformes’ family made a large donation to the Aleph Institute prior to Trump breaking him out of jail. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump ally Alan Dershowitz, both active Zionists, are being credited with the decision.
Esformes is by no means the sole beneficiary of Aleph’s special access to the Trump White House. Five of Trump’s last 24 presidential pardons were granted at the behest of Aleph, including Charles Kushner, Jared’s crooked real estate mogul father, Daniela Gozes-Wagner, another Medicare fraudster, and Mark Shapiro and Irving Stitsky, two men who schemed to raise $25 million dollars from 250 investors in a fake development project.
It should be noted that the third defendant convicted for aiding in Shapiro and Stitsky’s scam, a Gentile named William B. Foster, was not pardoned.
Trump’s fixation on pardoning war criminals has also been put on full display. The four Blackwater contract killers who orchestrated the Nisour Square massacre in 2007 have now been freed by Trump. The incident, where over a dozen Iraqi civilians, including two children, were shot in cold blood became an international public relations headache for Washington’s occupation in Iraq at the time.
But Trump’s love for war criminals should not be confused for loyalty to the military. Duncan Hunter, a Republican congressman who stole funds collected on behalf of needy veterans to buy gifts for his mistresses and flights for his pet rabbit, was also exonerated by the president’s pen.
While pardoning patriots like Edward Snowden or genuine journalists being tortured by the US government like Julian Assange would be popular moves that could salvage Trump’s presidential legacy, the White House is doubling down as it reaches the bottom of its descent into naked cronyism.