BREAKING NEWS: Today, President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, an action encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi to Orrin Hatch.

Reb Shalom Mordechai’s wife, Leah, is currently on the way to Ottsiville Prison to pick up her husband following this phenomenal news.

Mr. Rubashkin is a 57-year-old father of 10 children. He previously ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the countrys largest kosher meat-processing company. In 2009, he was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced thereafter to 27 years in prison. Mr. Rubashkin has now served more than 8 years of that sentence, which many have called excessive in light of its disparity with sentences imposed for similar crimes.

This action is not a Presidential pardon. It does not vacate Mr. Rubashkins conviction, and it leaves in place a term of supervised release and a substantial restitution obligation, which were also part of Mr. Rubashkins sentence.

The president’s review of Mr. Rubashkin’s case and commutation decision were based on expressions of support from Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community. A bipartisan group of more than 100 former high-ranking and distinguished Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, prosecutors, judges, and legal scholars have expressed concerns about the evidentiary proceedings in Rubashkin’s case and the severity of his sentence. Additionally, more than 30 current Members of Congress have written letters expressing support for review of Rubashkin’s case.

Former High-Ranking DOJ Officials Who Have Expressed Support for Review of Mr. Rubashkins Case:

Attorney General Bill Barr

Attorney General Edwin Meese III

Attorney General Michael Mukasey

Solicitor General Seth Waxman

FBI Director Louis Freeh

Current Members of Congress Who Have Expressed Support For Review of Rubashkin’s Case

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Representative Steve King (R-IA)

Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY)

Representative Richard Neal (D-MA)

Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA)

Representative Tom Marino (R-PA)

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX)

Representative Jared Polis (D-CO)

Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL)

Representative Tom Reed (R-NY)

Representative Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD)

Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA)

Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ)

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)

Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)


  1. Thank you Matzav for keeping the plight of Sholom Mordechai in front of Klal Yisroel all these years. Perhaps it would be appropriate for anyone who can to go on and send President Trump a heartfelt note of appreciation.

  2. We should also thank Jared Kushner as there is word he had a lot to do with bringing this in front of Trump to make sure he would commute the sentence..

  3. This is a tremendous chizuk for all of us that no matter how bad a situation may seem,with utmost emunah and bitochon in Hashem ones own personal yeshuoh will definately come at the right time decided in heaven,not a moment later….Boruch mattir asurim…..may we very soon witness the geuloh shleimoh bb”o.

  4. Thank you John Kelly for everything you did to make this happen. Heard from askanim the general was heavily involved to “make this happen” Thank you! May God bless you with peace, happiness, pride, joy, success and wealth for the great act of kindness you’ve done towards his children!
    Thank you all the askanim who have worked tirelessly from the start to shake up klal yisrael for the terrible shfichas domim that happened in the Rubahskin case. Thank you Shimon Rolnitzky, Yossi Gestetner, R’ Leibish Lisch, Yoeli Schwartz from Monroe, Yoeli Lefkowitz, Yoeli Reiszman, and all the others who have turned over the universe for R’ Sholom Mordechai! Only Hashem can repay you!

    • Don’t leave out Rabbi Pinchus Lipshutz who for 8 long years kept SMR’s plight on everyone’s mind!!!
      He deserves a lot of the credit!


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