Court documents suggest Trump Admin is selling presidential pardons

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Court documents unsealed by the D.C. District Court show that the Justice Department is investigating a possible scheme where someone with connections to Trump’s closest advisers is selling presidential pardons.

Since at least August, the DOJ has been investigating a potential crime “related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon.”

The disclosure is in 20 pages of partially redacted documents made public by the DC District Court on Tuesday afternoon. The records show Chief Judge Beryl Howell’s review in August of a request from prosecutors to access documents obtained in a search as part of a bribery-for-pardon investigation.

The filings don’t reveal a timeline of the alleged scheme, or any names of people potentially involved, except that communications between people including at least one lawyer were seized from an office that was raided sometime before the end of this summer.

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Donald Trump pardoned Michael Flynn last week, and some people close to the president have said Rudy Giuliani has asked for a pardon. It’s unlikely someone like Giuliani, whose crimes directly relate to Trump, would be asked to pay for a pardon, though.

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CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/01/politics/presidential-pardon-justice-department/index.html

Documents: https://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/sites/dcd/files/20gj35%20Partial%20Unsealing%20Order.pdf

Giuliani: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/01/rudy-giuliani-and-trump-discussed-pardon-after-loss-to-biden.html

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