DOJ investigating bribery scheme aimed at presidential pardon
Added 12-02-20 11:23:02am EST - “The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a criminal bribery scheme involving political contributions being offered either to individuals in the Trump administration or to a related political organization in the hopes…” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a criminal bribery scheme involving political contributions being offered either to individuals in the Trump administration or to a related political organization in the hopes of obtaining a pardon from President Trump, according to newly unsealed federal court records.
A heavily redacted 20-page order and memorandum from Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia from August was unsealed on Tuesday, revealing the existence of the DOJ inquiry. But, due to all of the names and most of the key details being blacked out, it offers the public little in the way of specifics, and there is currently no indication that the pardon that was being pursued materialized. Whether anyone in the White House was privy to such a scheme is also unclear.
The inquiry apparently revolves around DOJ investigators seeking access to discussions tied to possible Lobbying Disclosure Act violations and a bribery conspiracy scheme that were not covered under attorney-client privilege. The communications were seized by the U.S. government through search warrants, with the filter team reviewing more than 50 digital media devices, including iPhones, iPads, laptops, thumb drives, and computer and external hard drives totaling several terabytes of data, with some of the emailed communications “indicating additional criminal activity.”
The communications are related to a “secret lobbying scheme” in which “[redacted] and [redacted] acted as lobbyists to senior White House officials without complying with the registration requirement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act” in order to secure “a pardon or reprieve of sentence for [redacted]” as well as a “related bribery conspiracy scheme” in which “[redacted] would offer a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence for [redacted]” by using “[redacted] as the intermediaries to deliver the proposed bribe.”
A DOJ official told the Washington Examiner that “no government official was or is currently a subject or target of the investigation disclosed in this filing.” Seemingly in reference to the unsealed court filings, Trump tweeted on Tuesday night that the “pardon investigation is Fake News!”
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