President Trump’s first commutation frees Brooklyn man

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President Donald Trump has granted his very first commutation while in office and freed a Brooklyn man convicted of money laundering.

The president commuted the sentence for Sholom Rubashkin, and he returned to New York Wednesday, stopping in Rockland County.

"What we're seeing here tonight, I can't believe," Rubashkin told supporters after his release. "They wanted to bury the guy for who knows how many years, and then he walks out."

He had been sentenced to 27 years in prison after submitting fake invoices from the Iowa headquarters of his kosher meat plant. Many people viewed the punishment as too harsh for the crime, and the president received bipartisan support for a review of his case before commuting the sentence.

Members of Brooklyn's Lubavitch community took to the streets to celebrate Rubashkin's release.

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