U.S. President Donald Trump has pardoned Ken Kurson, a former Ripple board member and the co-founder of Fashionable 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 about to finish. An additional 70 people had their sentences commuted, however the checklist didn’t embrace Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Highway 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.
Kurson was arrested in October on prices of cyberstalking his ex-wife, after a background examine raised accusations of sending threatening messages, putting in keystroke-monitoring software program and making false accusations to somebody’s employer, the New York Instances reported at the time.
“In a strong 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 compelled into one more spherical of questioning. My disgust with this arrest and the following articles is bottomless,’” Wednesday’s pardon discover learn.
The pardon discover continued on to reward Kurson, who’s a pal to Trump son-in-law and presidential adviser Jared Kushner, calling him a “neighborhood chief.”
The dearth of Ulbricht’s identify on the checklist is prone to disappoint many within the crypto trade, who’ve been advocating for the Silk Highway founder’s pardon for years. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), a U.S. congressman since 2012, has been a vocal advocate for pardoning Ulbricht and Snowden.
Trump is formally out of workplace at midday Japanese time on Wednesday, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. Trump can proceed making pardons till that point.
UPDATE (Jan. 20, 2021, 20:40 UTC): Provides additional info, corrects that Snowden didn’t leak particulars to WikiLeaks however to Glenn Greenwald; corrects that Thomas Massie represents Kentucky.