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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

The Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court records unsealed Tuesday in federal court. The case is the latest legal twist in the waning days of President Donald Trump's administration after several of his top advisers have been convicted of federal criminal charges and as the possibility rises of Trump giving pardons to those who've been loyal to him.

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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.

Prosecutors told the court they wanted permission to the filter team's holdings. The prosecutors believed the devices revealed emails that showed allegedly criminal activity, including a "secret lobbying scheme" and a bribery conspiracy that offered "a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence" for a convicted defendant whose name is redacted, according to the redacted documents.

It looks like whomever Biden picks as his incoming AG, the rotting carcass of corruption that is the Trump Maladministration will most certainly continue to be a source of continuing investigations of criminality.

These next 49 days cannot go fast enough.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-12-01 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

At this point, the surprise would be if a pardon issued by Trump didn't involve bribery.

#2 | Posted by censored at 2020-12-01 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Is Bunker Bitch going to pardon himself for selling pardons?

#3 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-12-01 07:04 PM | Reply

Lock.him.up.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-12-01 11:30 PM | Reply

but her emails!

#5 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-12-01 11:36 PM | Reply

Does anybody remember Marc Rich?

Does anybody remember laughter?

#6 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-12-01 11:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It'll be great to have an honest president January 20th.

Not ONE Obama official was ever accused of or indicted for a crime. Not a single one.

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-12-02 12:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

From what we know, like over 50 devices seized in a raid, including iPhones, iPads, laptops, memory sticks, etc., with that many items, I suspect that this might have been a law firm who claimed to have 'connections' and they were running a sort of 'pardon mill', not all that different than that guy running the company that helped rich families get their kids into Ivy League schools.

If everyone sort of kept things on the down-low, they just might have gotten away with it. After all, everyone knew that Trump, particularly when it started to look like he was going to lose the election, was going to probably leave office with it 'snowing pardons' and since they also knew that Trump didn't follow past practices in that no one in the counsel's office nor the DOJ were vetting the the pardon 'applications', Trump just made those decisions on his own using that 'genius' brain of his, they could slip in a few 'ringers' with no one noticing anything. In fact, who's to say the people running this 'pardon mill' was even passing all the money along to the Trump campaign or whatever. They could have been keeping most of it themselves, and who knows, maybe it was one of the 'clients' who was starting to smell a rat that let this slip and that was the ball game.

OCU

#8 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-12-02 01:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

OCUSER's suggestion that there is a pardon mill would be the first sensible thing I've heard about this "administration" since the election. There is a thread of sanity remaining, with only greed to stop it from snapping.

#9 | Posted by Jaspar at 2020-12-02 01:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Selling pardons sounds like something Trump would be a party to.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-12-02 03:13 AM | Reply

At the same time John Cornyn took to the senate floor to criticize one of Bidens cabinet picks for being mean on twitter and demanding complete transparency from all cabinet picks.

The comedy writes itself.

#11 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-12-02 06:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Crime is the way he does things

#12 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-12-02 09:14 AM | Reply

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