Trump pardons bank robber during Republican National Convention

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Published on August 26, 2020 by

Convicted bank robber and founder and CEO of Hope for Prisoners Jon Ponder has been issued a full pardon by President Donald Trump during the second night of the Republican National Convention.

While all presidents give pardons, President Trump’s decision to award one during his party’s convention raised concerns he violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits the use of government titles and resources for political activities.

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