According to reporting today from The Daily Beast, President Trump is considering granting clemency to Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht.
Ulbricht created the darknet website Silk Road, which used Bitcoin to facilitate peer-to-peer sales of drugs and illicit materials. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2015 on a mixture of money laundering, fraud, and drug charges.
According to The Daily Beast‘s sources, White House lawyers are reviewing documents related to Ulbricht’s case. Writes The Daily Beast, “Two of these sources say the president has at times privately expressed some sympathy for Ulbricht’s situation and has been considering his name, among others, for his next round of commutations and pardons before the Jan. 20 inauguration of his 2020 Democratic opponent.”
The Free Ross organization was not immediately available for comment.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.