The Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court records unsealed Tuesday in federal court.
The case is the latest legal twist in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s administration after several of his top advisers have been convicted of federal criminal charges and as the possibility rises of Trump giving pardons to those who’ve been loyal to him.
The disclosure is in 20 pages of partially redacted documents made public by the DC District Court on Tuesday afternoon. The records show Chief Judge Beryl Howell’s review in August of a request from prosecutors to access documents obtained in a search as part of a bribery-for-pardon investigation.
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Like the whole BACKGROUND section is redacted. But enough here to learn that DOJ has reason to look into whether unregistered lobbyists offered White House officials campaign cash (bribe) for a presidential pardon. https://t.co/dhXMwBYKW5
— John Dodge (@dodgerman) December 1, 2020
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