Justice Department Investigating Potential ‘Bribery-For-Pardon’ Scheme, Court Records Reveal

The Justice Department is investigating a potential bribery scheme to the White House or affiliated people in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to federal court records unsealed on Dec. 1.

The Justice Department is investigating a potential bribery scheme to the White House or affiliated people in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to federal court records unsealed on Dec. 1.

According to the heavily-redacted court records unsealed by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the investigation involves two unnamed individuals who acted as unregistered “lobbyists to senior White House officials” to secure a pardon for another individual whose name has also been redacted.

The investigation also involves an individual offering “a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence.”

The document further revealed that the government’s filter team seized over 50 digital devices, including iPhones, iPads, laptops, thumb drives, and computer drives, after raiding unidentified offices. 

Chief Judge Beryl Howell granted the prosecutors access to the devices after they requested permission, alleging that the e-mails between the attorney and the client indicated criminal activity.

“The political strategy to obtain a presidential pardon was ‘parallel’ to and distinct from [redacted]’s role as an attorney-advocate for [redacted name],” Howell wrote in the court order.

The 20-paged document showed that the prosecutors have not yet provided evidence to the judge of any direct payment. However, the prosecutors provided evidence that the individual was seeking to secure a pardon due to political contributions.

No charges have been made over the alleged bribery scheme.

The document also did not indicate a timeline of the alleged scheme and if President Donald Trump was aware of the scheme.

Editors Note: There was a technical transimission error In the story “BRIBERY-FOR-PARDON-SCHEME” sent at: 01.12.2020 20:50. This is a corrected repeat.


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