'White House bribery scheme to secure Trump presidential pardons in return for CASH' investigated by Justice department
AN alleged White House bribery scheme to secure presidential pardons in return for cash is being investigated by the Department of Justice, according to partially unsealed court documents.
The documents, revealed on Tuesday, alleged that there was a potential "secret lobbying scheme" in which people made political contributions in exchange for a "presidential pardon or reprieve of a sentence."
Allegations were detailed in 20 pages of court documents – of which large portions were redacted.
There is no suggestion that President Trump or Senior White House officials are personally implicated in the alleged bribery scheme.
Court documents stated that over 50 electronic devices – including iPhones, iPads, laptops, computer and hard drives, and thumbdrives, were seized along with email communications in investigations of the alleged incidents.
The docs alleged that there was a "secret lobbying scheme" where two redacted names "acted as lobbyists to senior White House officials, without complying with the registration requirement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act."
The documents alleged this was "to secure 'a pardon or reprieve of a sentence'" for a person, whose name was also redacted.
Documents alleged there was "a related bribery conspiracy scheme, in which '[redacted] would offer a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of a sentence for [redacted]."
The redacted court papers allege: "[Redacted], not [redacted], requested [redacted]'s assistance "as a personal favor," to use his political connections… [redacted].
Under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, all lobbying activities must be reported to the Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate.
The unsealed documents were dated August 28, 2020.
The redacted court papers do not show dates for events in the alleged scheme, or name anyone who may have been involved.
It's only revealed in the papers that the digital communications were seized from a number of people – including a lawyer.
The documents show that there were hearings in August of this year to allow prosecutors to view communications between an attorney and their client.
Typically, attorney-client privilege would disallow prosecutors from viewing communications.
However, Judge Beryl Howell allowed for the digital devices to be seized and for the communications to be investigated in this case, "to confront subjects and targets of the investigation," according to the documents.
No charges appear to have been made at this time.
The unsealed documents came amid reports of a pre-emptive pardon from Donald Trump for his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, among others.
Giuliani and the president were reportedly in talks last week, per the New York Times, as Trump's time in office is down to just a little more than four weeks.
Trump's personal lawyer could be the next to follow suit, after the president pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn last Wednesday.
The talks were also said to include potential pardons for a wave for others who requested them – including Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort and Joe Exotic.
Giuliani swiftly denied the report.
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