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JON PONDER PARDONED: Surprise by President Trump during RNC night two

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President Donald Trump pardons convicted bank robber Jon Ponder

President Donald Trump pardons felon Jon Ponder, who, after he was released from prison, formed an organization to help recently-released prisoners re-enter society. With Richard Beasley, the former FBI agent who arrested him.

Trump pardoned Jon Ponder, an ex-convict and current founder of Hope for Prisoners, a nonprofit that works to help transition prisoners back into society upon their release.

Touting the pardon during the Republican convention raised questions about the politicization of the president’s clemency powers.

Trump has previously hosted Ponder at the White House, and earlier this year hinted that he was considering clemency. “We are giving him absolute consideration, and I have a feeling he’s going to get that full pardon,” Trump said of Ponder in February.

Ponder had reportedly been arrested as a teenager for armed robbery and had later been incarcerated for other crimes including assault.

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Trump Grants Pardon To Ex-Felon At 2020 RNC | NBC News

President Trump honored Jon Ponder, a convicted felon who later became an advocate for prisoners, at the 2020 RNC. Ponder joined Rich Beasley, the FBI agent who arrested him at the White House to share their story.
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Republicans have opened their downsized party gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina -- and already renominated President Trump and Vice President Pence. The first day of the convention included a surprise appearance from Trump, who addressed 336 social-distanced delegates. On Monday night, party leaders and other speakers will emphasize a theme of “Land of Promise.” Amna Nawaz reports.

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President Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday announced its roster of speakers for this week’s Republican National Convention, a four-day event that will conclude with the president accepting the nomination on Thursday night from the White House.

The list of more than 70 people includes a mix of Washington politicians, White House and campaign staff, the president’s family members and others. Jason Miller, a Trump campaign adviser, said America would see “a very optimistic and upbeat convention” from Trump and his Republican, independent and Democratic allies.

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JON PONDER PARDONED: Surprise by President Trump during RNC night two

President Trump on Tuesday announced a pardon of Jon Ponder ahead of the convicted bank robber-turned activist's appearance at the Republican National Convention.

Ponder, who founded the nonprofit Hope For Prisoners, will be speaking at the convention, along with Richard Beasley, the FBI agent who arrested him, Fox News is told.

Ahead of the Tuesday appearance, the president announced the pardon in a video, calling Ponder's story a beautiful testament to the power of redemption.

He has created one of the most succesful reentry programs, Hope For Prisoners, in Las Vegas, Trump said in a video taped at the White House. Hope for prisoners is a movement that began as a dream, in a tiny prison cell, and is now making a difference in the lives of thousands, truly bringing hope that there is an opportunity and a community that is waiting and willing to offer them a second chance.

The president in 2018 honored both Ponder and Beasley during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden during the National Day of Prayer.

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WATCH: Trump pardons former felon, Jon Ponder | 2020 RNC Night 2

President Donald Trump pardoned Jon Ponder, a former felon who started the non-profit re-entry program Hope for Prisoners while serving time for a number of bank robberies. He delivered the pardon in a video shown on Aug. 25-- the second night of the Republican National Conviction. Trump called Ponder’s story a “beautiful testament to redemption.” Ponder appeared with the FBI agent who arrested him, Rich Beasley, and said he hoped formerly incarcerated people would be given the opportunity to “take advantage of the fact that we live in a nation of second chances.” Beasley said he appreciated the president’s “support for law enforcement,” adding that “he knows the overwhelming percentage of law enforcement officers are good, smart people who are doing their jobs well.” The coronavirus pandemic upended both parties’ traditional conventions. Instead of in-person events, the program each night features a number of speakers and musical performances virtually across the country.

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Trump signs pardon at RNC for Jon Ponder who set-up ex-con’s charity Hope For Prisoners

President Donald Trump has signed a surprise pardon at the Republican National Convention for a convicted bank robber.

Trump issued a full pardon to Jon Ponder - who set-up a charity for ex-cons called Hope For Prisoners - in a video shared Tuesday evening on the RNC's livestream.

Speaking at the White House, the president said: Jon we honour your devotion to showing returning citizens that they are not forgotten.

I will continue to give all Americans, including former inmates, the best chance to build a new life and achieve their own American dream.

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Trump pardons Nevada bank robber

On night two of the RNC, President Trump pardoned Jon Ponder, a Nevada man convicted of bank robbery and founder of Hope 4 Prisoners.
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Jon Ponder speaks after being pardoned by President Trump

Tuesday night, Jon Ponder was seen standing next to President Trump, sharing his story of transformation from behind bars to the 2020 Republican National Convention. There were also many other highlights from a packed night of speakers including the first lady Melania Trump.

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Trump pardons felon turned activist Jon Ponder during RNC

President Trump pardon convicted bank robber Jon Ponder during the RNC. Ponder founded the nonprofit Hope for Prisoners.

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Trump pardons former bank robber who found God

On the second night of the #RNC, President Trump pardoned Jon Ponder, a former convicted bank robber who found Christ and started a successful reentry program. The presidential pardon reportedly removes the federal bank robbery charge from Ponder's record.

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One day after President Donald Trump pardoned Jon Ponder, a former convicted felon and founder of Hope for Prisoners, the activist shared what the experience was like with 8 News Now.
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