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Podoh Besholom: Rubashkin Freed from Prison

Today, President Donald J. Trump commuted the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, an action encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi to Orrin Hatch.’

Mr. Rubashkin is a 57-year-old father of 10 children. He previously ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the countrys largest kosher meat-processing company. In 2009, he was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced thereafter to 27 years in prison. Mr. Rubashkin has now served more than 8 years of that sentence, which many have called excessive in light of its disparity with sentences imposed for similar crimes.

This action is not a Presidential pardon. It does not vacate Mr. Rubashkins conviction, and it leaves in place a term of supervised release and a substantial restitution obligation, which were also part of Mr. Rubashkins sentence.

The Presidents review of Mr. Rubashkins case and commutation decision were based on expressions of support from Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community. A bipartisan group of more than 100 former high-ranking and distinguished Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, prosecutors, judges, and legal scholars have expressed concerns about the evidentiary proceedings in Mr. Rubashkins case and the severity of his sentence. Additionally, more than 30 current Members of Congress have written letters expressing support for review of Mr. Rubashkins case.

Former High-Ranking DOJ Officials Who Have Expressed Support for Review of Mr. Rubashkins Case:

Attorney General Bill Barr

Attorney General Edwin Meese III

Attorney General Michael Mukasey

Solicitor General Seth Waxman

FBI Director Louis Freeh

Current Members of Congress Who Have Expressed Support For Review of Mr. Rubashkins Case

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Representative Steve King (R-IA)

Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY)

Representative Richard Neal (D-MA)

Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA)

Representative Tom Marino (R-PA)

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX)

Representative Jared Polis (D-CO)

Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL)

Representative Tom Reed (R-NY)

Representative Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD)

Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA)

Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ)

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)

Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

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13 Comments To "Podoh Besholom: Rubashkin Freed from Prison"

#1 Comment By A grateful yid On December 20, 2017 @ 6:13 pm

Mazel tov to the Rubashkin family and mazel tov to Kehillat lubavitch

BUT amazing Donald GOT HIM OUT

BH,… BH.. BH

#2 Comment By Just Another Yid On December 20, 2017 @ 6:16 pm

May G-D bless our President Mr. Donald Trump

#3 Comment By Ein Od Milvado ! On December 20, 2017 @ 6:21 pm

Boruch Hatoiv vehametiv !

We are dancing of JOY. Thank you H’ ! Thank you Rebbe, Thank you President Trump for being a real Shaliach of G’.
The Rebbe will certainly not stay in debt toward the President.
Kol Hakavod !

#4 Comment By after moosaf…. On December 20, 2017 @ 6:34 pm

ITS ABOUT TIME! Now When is linda reade replacing him?

#5 Comment By Higher than Nature On December 20, 2017 @ 6:37 pm

He sat 8 years 8 days and got out on the 8th day of Chanuka, in the year 5778 Didan Notzach! Baruch Hashem!

#6 Comment By Donny On December 20, 2017 @ 11:46 pm

maybe he is mashiach?

#7 Comment By Milhouse On December 22, 2017 @ 12:10 am

A Levi can’t be Moshiach.

#8 Comment By There is a boss On December 20, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

Please THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR RUBASHKIN RELEASE! https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

#9 Comment By Just Another Yid On December 20, 2017 @ 10:47 pm

done deal

#10 Comment By Crown Heights Resident On December 20, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

President Donald Trump is the FIRST AMERICAN PRESIDENT who kept difficult campaign promises.

#11 Comment By Picaboo Shimon On December 21, 2017 @ 1:04 am

Great news! Finally some good news!
May hashem continue to bless us with good news

#12 Comment By Lawrence On December 21, 2017 @ 7:40 am

Will there be a further chag hageulah on the Chabad calendar
Zos Chanukah

#13 Comment By Lawrence On December 21, 2017 @ 7:42 am

No doubt !
Thee of little faith