- The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into Jared Kushner’s lawyer for an alleged pardon bribe, The New York Times reported.
- As Business Insider reported, a U.S. judge released documents this week that federal investigators are concerned about an alleged “bribery conspiracy” over presidential pardons.
- The Times reported that a billionaire real estate developer, Sanford Diller, was involved in the alleged scheme in an attempt to secure the pardon of a man named Hugh Baras, convicted of tax fraud.
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Billionaire real estate developer Jared Kushner’s lawyer and President Donald Trump’s fundraising have been put on suspected schemes to bribe presidential pardons with bribes, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Earlier this week, a federal judge released documents showing that the Justice Department was investigating a “bribery conspiracy scheme” last summer. The names of the suspects have been changed, no one has been charged with a crime.
The status of the investigation is unknown.
In a statement on Wednesday, a DOJ official told Business Insider that “no government official has been or is currently the subject or target of the investigation uncovered in this file.”
According to The Times, the investigation began after a billionaire, Sanford Diller, asked Abbe Lowell, the president’s son-in-law’s lawyer, and Elliott Broidy, a Trump campaign fundraiser. Diller sought pardon for Hugh Baras, who was convicted of tax fraud and social security fraud, the paper wrote.
Diller died in February 2018, “and there is no evidence that the effort continued after his death,” The Times reported.
Court documents suggested that the effort, which included an appeal to the White House Advisory Office, involved offering a “significant political contribution” in exchange for pardon.
Lowell’s lawyer, however, told The Times that they had never been paid a bribe. Baras was not pardoned, the Times remarked. Baras’s lawyer told The Times that he was not representing him “for grace.”
In 2017, Lowell came on the news after falling for a joker imitating a client, Jared Kushner. In an e-mail exchange, Lowell provided faux-Kushner advice on how to comply with the laws governing official correspondence in his White House advisory role.
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