The Department of Justice is investigating a possible “secret lobbying system” to secure presidential pardon, according to a partially pending petition from the DC Federal Court.
The 20-page document has been largely redrafted, leaving it a mystery who, according to investigators, hopes to receive a pardon or withdraw it in exchange for “significant political input”.
No name or identifying information is provided and the investigation appears to be in progress. Evidence of a possible bribery plan was found after authorities raided an unknown law firm over the summer and seized 50 electronic devices, including iPhones, iPads, laptops and thumb drives, according to the petition.
The announcement was first reported by CNN.
“The political strategy for obtaining presidential grace is” parallel “and separate from it [redacted]the role of lawyer in his case [redacted name]”wrote Chief Justice Beryl A. Howell in the unfinished order.
The documents appear to suggest that investigators look at two individuals who they believe were “registered as lobbyists before senior White House officials” and hoped to bribe the White House through an intermediary. According to the submissions, the Confederates plan to interview at least three people associated with the alleged system.
News of the alleged grace bribe system comes amid news that Trump is planning pardons in January before he leaves office and is allegedly trying to put himself on the list of potential pardon candidates both inside and outside Trumpworld. . The New York Times reported that some of his former advisers, and even Joe Exotic, the star of the “Tiger King,” had opened overtures in the hope that they could count on mercy.
And the president himself is said to be considering preventive pardon for his own children, as the Trump Organization is in control of investigators. Times. Trump is said to be considering the same thing in the case of his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, whose deals in Ukraine have caught the attention of Manhattan prosecutors.
So far, nine Trump employees have been charged or convicted of federal crimes that the president has the power to undo with a pen stroke.
Last week, Trump pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. In July, Trump commuted Roger Stone, a three-year, four-month sentence sentenced to a former campaign adviser, who was convicted of seven crimes for lying to Congress over the Trump-Russia investigation.