The Justice Department has investigated whether a federal convicted mediator was offered bribes to White House officials in exchange for a possible pardon or liquidation of President Trump, according to court documents sealed by the federal judge on Tuesday.
The documents were heavily reworked and it was not clear who could take part in it. Nothing tied Mr. Trump directly to the system, and according to documents, no one was charged.
But the documents offered some clues as to what the White House might have known about the system. One section appears to show that the convicted person’s lawyer had a discussion with the White House council on a matter of grace or renewal, but it was not clear whether the discussions were part of the system or a normal round trip with the White House. relationships. convicted case.
Late Tuesday, Mr. Trump used Twitter to briefly address the issue of the investigation, calling it “Fake News”.
Information on the potential system was contained in an opinion dated August 28 by Beryl A. Howell, chief justice of the U.S. District of Columbia, who was considering allowing federal prosecutors to examine evidence, such as emails. which could be protected by a lawyer-client privilege.
Judge Howell granted prosecutors access to the materials.
Investigators suspected that the convict seeking pardon had been imprisoned as early as this summer, and according to documents, two people working on the convict’s behalf may have embarked on a secret lobbying campaign against White House officials.
The two people may have offered to exchange money as a donation in exchange for a political donation in exchange for grace or liquidation, although it was not clear where the money should have been sent.
Given Mr. Trump’s undisciplined approach to grace, his disclosure came amid a variety of reports of Mr. Trump’s deliberations in the last weeks of his presidency on whether to offer grace to his children and close confidants, raising fears of a spoiled process of grace.
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, and discussed with his personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, a pre-emptive pardon before Mr. Giuliani last week before leaving office. The president also had discussions with counselors that he feared the Biden Department of Justice might seek retaliation against him if he brought his children to justice.