Among those pardoned is former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. In September 2018, he was convicted of making false statements to the FBI. This testimony, in particular, concerned contacts with a Russian citizen and a certain professor from London who allegedly had connections to the Russian leadership.
Also on the list is Dutch national Alex van der Zwaan, who was indicted for perjury as part of U.S. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Trump pardoned former congressmen Duncan Hunter (convicted of misuse of campaign funds) and Christopher Collins, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to securities fraud.
Interference in the U.S. election process in 2016 was incriminated against Russia by U.S. intelligence agencies. The investigation into these alleged attempts to influence was handled for nearly two years by former FBI head Robert Mueller. On April 18, 2019, the U.S. Justice Department released his final report, in which the special prosecutor admitted that he did not find collusion between Trump, who won the election, and Russia.
Trump himself has repeatedly denied suspicions of any improper contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. Moscow also called the conclusions about attempts to influence the U.S. election unfounded.