December 20, 2017

*President Trump Commutes Sentence of Sholom Rubashkin*

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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  1. We Truly Have Much to Be Grateful for TO Hashem and Indeed President Trump – whom Hashem has Made Our President to be Empowered to Do Much for Jewry!

  2. הודו לה’ כי טוב

    Shtadlonus is still relevent today.

    We should be dancing in the streets.

    What next to get the actual conviction overturned?

  3. Baruch Hashem! Baruch Matir Assurim!
    May we hear only besuros tovos.
    President Trump deserves a lot of credit. He did the right thing.


  5. Mazal Tov Reb Shalom Mordechai
    Baruch Matir Asurim !!
    Parshas Mikeitz, Yoseph got out of jail.
    Now it’s your turn to become a king.
    Hatzlacha Rabba

  6. Ash, be grateful for the commutation. To ask for the conviction to be overturned is like a schnorrer who nudges after you have given him a sizeable donation. Dayenu!

  7. Wonderful news., a late day Chanukah neis. Any possibility to get R. Jonathan Pollard free to travel & to leave to Israel?

    Kol hakavod & thank you Pres. Trump.

  8. Now that there is this extra cell available, I suggest that Linda Reade & Hillary go & share this cell together, for the remainder of this 27 year sentence.

    Considering the tax break that was voted upon today, there was simply no more money available to keep Sholom Rubashkin in prison.

  9. We are Brothers after all!!!

    Look at the the simcheh of everyone here and elsewhere. Most of us never met him, yet we Davened for him and waited for a Yeshua. And the yehusha came, today, zos chanuka!

    And this is actually chanuka, nissim for the yodden

  10. President Trump has proven himself the biggest Oheiv Yisroel in the Oval Office in the history of the United States. With this action combined with his previous history as an Oheiv Yisroel.

    Amazingly he became president immediately after that Anti-Semite Barack Obama who not only refused to release Mr. Rubashkin, but also proceed himself an Anti-Semite at the UN.

  11. Amazing news!!!! Hodu laHashem ki Toiv!!!!! Emuna plus bitachon equals Geula, as the Rubashkin mantra was!!! Leah even wears aleph beis gimmel necklace. Released between beis and gimmel teves!!!!

    Zos Chanukah!!!!! Al nisecha val nifliosecha val yishuosecha!!!

    Right before hei teves, didan notzach!!!!

    Together with the Yerushalayim news, his Geula protis will be followed by the Geula kloli!!!!

  12. Where is our good friend Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Leader in the Senate? I don’t see his name like his counterpart Pelosi on the House. His silence is deafening

  13. Heard from a reliable source that when Schumer was asked to write a letter for Rubashkin he refused because “Chasidim don’t vote for Democrats”. If true, shame on him.

  14. ש 300
    ל 30
    ו 6
    ם 40

    מ 40
    ר 200
    ד 4
    כ 20
    י 10

    ר 200
    ו 6
    ב 2
    א 1
    ש 300
    ק 100
    י 10
    ך 50

    total 1319

    ה 5
    ג 3
    א 1
    ו 6
    ל 30
    ה 5

    ז 7
    א 1
    ת 400

    ח 8
    נ 50
    ו 6
    כ 20
    ה 5

    ת 400
    ש 300
    ע 70
    ח 8
    total 1319

  15. He’s a felon. We have a halachik obligation to follow the laws of the land. Baruch Hashem he’s home with his family, the punishment was a miscarriage of Justice. But to dance? Be thankful yes. Giving tzeduka may merit one a place in Olam HaBah, being a Felon does not.

  16. He has five years of supervised release. Among other things, he must to report to a parole officer every month, he cannot leave the limits of his judicial district without written permission from his probation officer, he cannot violate any law, he cannot associate with people engaged in crime, he must work to the satisfaction of thevprobation officer, he cannot use illegal drugs or frequent places where others use drugs, he cannot possess a firearm or ammunition, etc
    He must also make diligent efforts to meet his restitution obligation of $ 27 million

  17. Reply to “Yaapchik” gematria: GREAT!!!, but i believe it only adds up if you spell חנוכה without the “ו,” then the numbers match (1325-6=1319).

  18. Hodu L’H-SHEM ki tov
    and THANKYOU TRUMP! H-Shem sends a good messenger for good things! Let’s give TRUMP credit for the huge wonderful things he has done for the Jews and all israel! May H-SHEM bless TRUMP with success and honour!

  19. Wow not one mention of thanks to the Munkatcher Rebbe who was heavily inolved in this case. Well what can you expect. No hakaras hatov.

  20. Reply to adocs and Yisroelfisher!
    You’re both correct, in a way!
    חנוכה in the Torah is spelled without the ו. (See the קריאה of yesterday- זאת חנכת המזבח.)
    So there!

  21. It is good he got out of jail as he has served long enough. However, it does not negate the fact the he is a certified felon and crook. He defrauded banks and violated many work rules and hiring underage illegals. I would not make dances for him and celebrate over the release of a criminal. He should just go home quietly and be thankful. Criminals who bend short cut and bend the law are NOT frum.

  22. AG475100 It is really sad that is the full understanding of events. The underage illegals is a good example. Not only was he acquitted by a jury (not a Jewish jury) but he in 2016 the charges were officially expunged. The testimony of employees against him was severely tainted – those who testified against where themselves under a cloud and this was their way of buying their won clemency. Those employees who testified for him, many had nothing to gain, having already left this employment and gone elsewhere. The testimony of the alleged minors was tainted not only by the fact that they were getting government handouts for testifying, but that even the testimony was bizarre. One example of prosecution witness is where the alleged minor testified he bought the false documents of the streets of his home where it is a big business in the country, and once at the plant his alleged own father confirmed to the plant that his alleged son was an adult. Rather obvious why the jury acquitted Rubashkin, and why this whole thing was a matter of persecution instead of prosecution.

  23. AG475100, the real criminal in this case are the judge and persecutors. The whole case was tainted from the start. According to your logic Alfred Dreyfus, the sixth Lubavicher Rebbe and Anatoly Shcharansky all were “criminals” because they all were convicted by their respective governments. Throughout history repressive regimes always relied on ignorant people like you to blindly trust them. Stalin (yamach shmo) used to say: “give me a person and I will find a crime”.

  24. I am grateful for my President to have commuted the way too long sentence. It was a terrible thing what Rubashkin has done, but at the same time, the sentencing should have never been so exaggerated. I was wondering when the activists would work on this, as President Trump who has the flair of not doing the ordinary would be the perfect candidate to commute the sentence.and here on the cusp of his tax cut victory, he gives us a great present! Way to go President for doing the right thing in this case!