Politico Pardoned by Trump Accused of Illegal Campaign Scam

Jesse Benton, 43, of Louisville, Kentucky, was accused in an indictment unsealed in federal court in Washington.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, Jesse Benton arrives for his sentencing hearing at the federal courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Benton, 43, a Republican political operative pardoned by President Donald Trump after his conviction in a 2012 bribery plot has been charged again with campaign-related crimes, this time involving a 2016 illegal campaign contribution scheme and a Russian national. (AP Photo/David Pitt, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican political operative pardoned by President Donald Trump after his conviction in a 2012 bribery plot has been charged again with campaign-related crimes, this time involving a 2016 illegal campaign contribution scheme and a Russian national. Jesse Benton, 43, of Louisville, Kentucky, was accused in an indictment unsealed Monday in federal court in Washington. Trump pardoned Benton in December after his conviction in a case involving false records and campaign reports…

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