H.R. McMaster, Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner (Getty/Zach Gibson)

President Trump pardons "junk bond king" Michael Milken — a friend of Steve Mnuchin

The Treasury secretary reportedly pressed Trump to pardon Milken, who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in 1989


Travis Gettys
February 18, 2020 8:18PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump announced that he will offer clemency to disgraced Wall Street financier Michael Milken — the so-called 1980s "junk bond king."

The president announced the decision Tuesday afternoon, after previously commuting the prison sentence for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoned former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

Advertisement:

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly pressed Trump to pardon his friend Milken, who in pleaded guilty in 1989 to securities fraud and paid $600 million in fines.

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington last month requested all communications from Mnuchin that contain the words "pardon" or "pardoning" to determine whether he had advocated for his friend.


Travis Gettys

MORE FROM Travis Gettys


Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Donald Trump Michael Milken Politics Raw Story Steve Mnuchin

Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •