Trump commutes sentence of Iowa kosher meatpacking executive

US President Donald Trump holds a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington DC

As YWN was first to report the incredible news, President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison sentence Sholom Rubashkin who was sentenced to 27 years in prison - the first time he's used the presidential power.

The White House further noted criticism of Rubashkin's sentencing as unusually harsh in comparison to penalties imposed on others for similar white-collar crimes.

He was arrested in October 2008, five months after the Department of Justice and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers raided his Iowa plant and arrested almost 400 illegal immigrants.

Mr. Rubashkin is a 57-year-old father of 10 children. He was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for his role in creating fake documents in order to obtain bank loans.

The statement described the commutation as an "an action encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi to Orrin Hatch", referring to the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Republican senator from Utah, respectively. The commutation does not vacate Rubashkin's conviction and leaves in place a parole term and restitution obligation.

The meatpacker was found to have been probably the largest employer of undocumented immigrants in Iowa. Agriprocessors fell into financial hardship following the raid and was veering into bankruptcy, forcing Rubashkin to sell it.

More than 100 United States attorneys general, judges, and other judicial professionals signed a letter to Trump in February, pleading for clemency on Rubashkin's behalf. President Donald Trump commuted his sentence Wednesday, in his first-ever use of the power.

The case drew national attention, and last December a former federal prosecutor and deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton, Philip Heymann, took to the pages of the The Washington Post to blast Rubashkin's conviction, which he said was "based on perjured testimony and prosecutorial misconduct." adding that more than 100 former Justice Department officials, including former attorneys general, also felt the case against Rubashkin was unjust.

The former CEO of Tyco International Ltd, L. Dennis Kozlowski, was sentenced to 8-1/3 to 25 years in prison and was paroled after serving eight.

Rubashkin's attorneys previous year accused prosecutors of improperly interfering with the sale of Agriprocessors and depressing its sale price by millions.

Despite six amicus briefs joined by numerous legal heavyweights, the Supreme Court in 2012 denied a petition from Rubashkin to look into his case and sentencing.

More than 30 current members of Congress also submitted letters to the White House supporting a review of Rubashkin's case.