U.S. Justice Department Investigates Presidential Pardons

U.S. Justice Department Investigates Presidential Pardons

The corrupt scheme probably involved a “substantial political contribution”

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a scheme related to the White House to offer bribes in exchange for presidential pardon, according to declassified court documents.

According to documents declassified on Tuesday, the corruption scheme probably involved “a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or a stay of sentence. All names mentioned in the investigation during the declassification process were concealed.

The documents report that the judge granted federal prosecutors access to unnamed “electronic devices” earlier this year to explore discussions related to the “bribery in exchange for pardon” scheme.

It is not clear from the materials who may have been pardoned or when.

U.S. President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, last week. He was accused of misinforming the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Trump pardoned his other former advisor, political technologist Roger Stone, in July. In February 2020, he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for giving false testimony to Congress.