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Trump Pardons South Dakota Fraudster and Butina Lover Erickson

The departing Donald Trump reaches out to pardon Maria Butina’s old boyfriend, South Dakota man of international intrigue Paul Erickson:

Paul Erickson President Trump has issued a full pardon to Paul Erikson. This pardon is supported by Kellyanne Conway. Mr. Erickson’s conviction was based off the Russian collusion hoax. After finding no grounds to charge him with any crimes with respect to connections with Russia, he was charged with a minor financial crime. Although the Department of Justice sought a lesser sentence, Mr. Erickson was sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment—nearly double the Department of Justice’s recommended maximum sentence. This pardon helps right the wrongs of what has been revealed to be perhaps the greatest witch hunt in American History [White House, statement from the press secretary, 2021.01.20].

The crimes Paul Erickson admitted he committed actually had nothing to do with his dalliance with convicted Russian spy Butina or any “witch hunt” against Trump. Erickson spent over two decades defrauding investors in the Dakotas, long before Butina ensnared her in the web of GOP contacts she spun to spread Russian influence in U.S. policy. Only Donald Trump would call spending 22 years cheating investors of over a million dollars a “minor financial crime.”

Alas, no pardon for Butina. If Erickson wants rekindle his Russian romance, he’ll need to fly back to Moscow.


  1. Donald Pay 2021-01-20

    A crook and a con pardons a crook and a con. Maybe they can teach about THAT in Noem’s South Dakota history curriculum.

  2. CRaterman 2021-01-20

    Hoping the Farber Fund pays to bring him and Maria back to USD for a reunion tour. I’ll be first in line to get a ticket.
    Dusty, could you arrange that?

  3. Mark Anderson 2021-01-20

    At least you boys can now date Ruskie women. Five other South Dakota crooks too, Kristi’s done her job for aMerica. Now if she could have just prevented all those Communists from voting in Georgia.

  4. Loren 2021-01-20

    Speaking of Trump sycophant, Kristi, when can we expect her to announce the pardon for our attorney general? She likes to ape her mentor. Last we heard, ” a piece of evidence was still being studied.” And, on the national front, I guess we can expect our SD delegation to remain completely silent unless they join Susan Collins in “being concerned.” (eye roll)

  5. jerry 2021-01-20

    There will be an opening for him on either Dirty Johnson’s, Vladimir Thune’s or EB5 Short Rounds” staff for this Russian connected crook. The gnome will also be searching for something for the Russian lover to do.

  6. Dick Bursell 2021-01-21

    So, I guess Erickson’s Russian connections come through after all?

  7. Donald Pay 2021-01-21

    Erickson committed these crimes in South Dakota. Right? Why not prosecute him there? Trump may have given him a federal get out of jail card, but he could face prosecution in South Dakota. That’s assuming, of course, there are competent prosecutors and willingness to hold this crook accountable.

  8. jerry 2021-01-21

    Good point Mr. Pay. I’m sure that after the fiasco we’ve witnessed with Ravnsborg, they will be jumping on this right away. That’s why republicans commit these crimes in South Dakota, they always get a get out of jail free card.

  9. grudznick 2021-01-21

    Mr. PP blogged about this fellow getting out of his $3,000,000 owed the other day. I think there will be some unhappy people. Mr. PP beat Mr. Tupper to this story because Mr. PP has it out for scofflaws and deadbeats who don’t pay their restitution billings. Just for the record, grudznick thinks this Erickson fellow needs to get put back in the jails. Mr. jerry is very wrong, I think. No politician would put the Russian lover on their payrolls.

  10. mike from iowa 2021-01-25

    Activist SPOTUS pardoned drumpf by refusing to look at emoluments suits against drumpf since he was no longer in office.

    How convenient they allow him to run out the clock on personal suits while they fast track others that harm individuals with less political pull.

  11. mike from iowa 2021-04-16

    Mueller now has proof drumpf aids Manafort/ Gates handed US election info over to known Russian agent Konstantin Kilimnik who in turn handed it directly to Russian Intel officers. And HRC had nada to do with this despicable crime. Hang drumpf!

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