The “bribery for grace” system allegedly used in the White House is being investigated by the Justice Department, according to a court case that was pending on Tuesday.
The heavily revised document does not name Donald Trump or others and leaves many unanswered questions, but media reports suggest that the U.S. president will consider sweeping graces before he leaves office next month.
It appears that an investigation by the Department of Justice states that a person “offered significant political input in exchange for presidential pardon or revocation of punishment”.
Two individuals acted incorrectly as lobbyists to secure grace in the “bribe for grace” system, as the document puts it. All three names went dark.
On Tuesday night, a Justice Department official told Reuters that no U.S. government official was “the subject or target” of the investigation into whether money had been sent to the White House in exchange for presidential pardon.
Trump issued a brief response Tuesday night, appealing to one of his favorite sentences, criticizing the media, despite the fact that the details are contained in official court documents. – The pardon investigation is fake news! tweeted.
The Washington Citizens for Responsibility and Etics (Crew) guard dog replied, “It’s hard to overestimate the size of the term ‘bribery for grace.'”
The document was stamped by the District Court of Columbia, Washington. Some of its 20 pages have been completely redesigned, which means that the current disclosure of details could jeopardize an ongoing investigation.
They discuss Chief Justice Beryl Howell’s review in late August, which prosecutors have used to file a request for documents collected for bribery investigations. More than 50 digital devices, including iPhones, iPads, laptops, thumb drives and computer drives, were seized after detectives crashed into unidentified offices. It was not clear why Howell had now decided to release the document.
Trump pardoned Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last week. The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Trump and Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, discussed the possibility of “pre-pardon” last week. Giuliani tweeted a rejection.
Judicial disclosure unleashed the vortex of speculation in Washington. Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, told the MSNBC network: “People shouldn’t assume – and may be inclined to jump that this may include some personalities who are very much in the news and worried about their criminal responsibility.
“Maybe someone we’ve never heard of wants grace and has good heels, so he can make a significant contribution. So it is not absolutely necessary for that party to seek mercy: a [Paul] Manaforts, Giulianis and others. Someone may be completely different, but at the end of the day, someone in that chain should be close enough to the White House where it is conceivable that they can perform the official act of grace if the bribe is paid. “