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  • the U.

  • S Justice Department is investigating the potential funneling of money into the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to documents unsealed in federal court.

  • U.

  • S District Judge Barrel Howell on Tuesday released a heavily redacted order that described what she called a bribery for pardon investigation.

  • Federal prosecutors in Washington said they had obtained evidence of the scheme in which someone would offer a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon.

  • About half of the 18 page document was blacked out, with the publicly available version providing few details of the alleged scheme and naming none of the people potentially involved.

  • In August, Howell granted a Justice Department request to view emails between a lawyer and clients, saying attorney client privilege did not apply but did not identify who was involved.

  • Government investigators said they had seized over 50 digital media devices, iPhones, IPADS, laptops and memory drives.

  • A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but a department official said Tuesday that no U.

  • S government official is the subject or target of the investigation.

  • The U.

  • S Constitution grants presidents leeway to pardon people convicted of federal crimes.

  • Last week, President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

  • That was the first of what is expected to be a string of pardons in Trump's final weeks in the White House.

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U.S. Justice Department probing presidential pardon bribery scheme

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/02
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