Former New York Republican Chris Collins was released from a Pensacola prison on Tuesday, the same day that President Trump pardoned him and several other high-profile individuals.
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The Federal Bureau of Prisons updated Collins’ records to reflect his release just three days before Christmas.
Collins, 70, was sentenced in January to 26 months in a minimum security prison in Florida for securities fraud.
Federal investigators said Collins provided nonpublic information about the biotechnology company Innate – where he served on the board – to his son Cameron, warning him in June 2017 that a drug the company was working on had failed an trial so that Cameron could sell his shares before the stock price fell.
Collins was among 15 individuals forgiven by Trump; another five had their sentences commuted.
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Forgiveness was also granted to two former Trump agents – campaign advisor George Papadapoulous and lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, both convicted of making false statements during Special Adviser Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections – well like Duncan Hunter, a former California Republican congressman.
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Other notable pardons included those of four Blackwater guards who were convicted of murdering Iraqi civilians while working as contractors in 2007.