BREAKING NEWS: Department of Justice reveals secret probe into plot to bribe White House ‘in exchange for a presidential pardon’ for mystery prisoner – which it kept secret for months before election
- Alleged ‘Bribery-for-pardon scheme’ outlined in judicial memorandum
- It describes a ‘secret lobbying scheme’
- ‘Substantial’ political contribution in exchange for a pardon
A memo unsealed Tuesday night has revealed that the government is investigating an alleged scheme by two officials who sought to bribe the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon for an unidentified person who was jailed.
The information was contained in a federal judge’s memorandum opinion on sealing information who have not been charged by a grand jury that was released Tuesday.
Although heavily-redacted, the memorandum mentions an alleged ‘Bribery-for-pardon scheme.’
It also describes a ‘secret lobbying scheme’ in which unidentified people acted as lobbyists to ‘senior White House officials’ without complying with registration requirements.
An unsealed court memorandum reveals an alleged ‘bribery-for-pardon’ scheme without disclosing who was involved
It also describes a ‘related bribery conspiracy’ where a person ‘would offer a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence for [redacted].
The memo also mentions people acting as ‘intermediaries’ for the proposed bribe. And it describes a person who surrendered to the Bureau of Prisons ‘custody,’ suggesting they were jailed at the time of the alleged bribe offer.
The information was disclosed as the government seeks the court’s permission to access communications and gets around potential attorney-client privilege issues.
A hearing occurred on August 25, in the heat of the presidential election, although it was kept under seal.
It notes that communications where a redacted person who participated or was a recipient in a bribery scheme ‘is not protected by the attorney-client or any other privilege.’
Pardons were put back on the radar last week as Trump pardoned former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, whom Trump has long claimed was mistreated
President Donald Trump is said to have been asked by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for a pre-emptive pardon, the New York Times reported Tuesday
It also mentions a government filter team, who would be charged with reviewing materials and separating out privileged information.
The entire background in the 20-page case is redacted.
The ‘Discussion’ portion of the memo points to a person ‘who is an attorney’ and says someone sought assistance ‘as a personal favor’ and asked an unidentified person ‘to use his political connections.’
The pardon scheme was distinct from the person’s role as an ‘attorney-advocate’ for another person or cause.
The attorney client privilege ‘does note protect communications disclosed to third parties,’ the memo notes.
The news broke on a day when the New York Times reported Trump had been asked by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for a pre-emptive pardon.