Sholom Rubashkin was facing a 27-year sentence that members of both parties said was too long. President Donald Trump commuted his sentence Wednesday, in his first-ever use of the power. (Associated Press)
President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued his first commutation since taking office, freeing the former CEO of an Iowa kosher meatpacking company.
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Sholom Rubashkin, who ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the country’s largest kosher meat-processing company, was convicted of money laundering in 2009.
His prosecution came after federal authorities staged a dramatic raid on the company’s Iowa plant in 2008, arriving by helicopter and detaining 389 illegal immigrants, including children.
The 57-year-old father of 10 submitted fake invoices to a bank that
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