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 disclosure is in 20 pages of partially redacted documents made public by the DC District Court on Tuesday afternoon.
A Justice Department official told CNN that “no government official was or is currently a subject or target of the investigation disclosed in this filing.”
…At the end of this summer, a filter team…had more than 50 digital devices including iPhones, iPads, laptops, thumb drives and computer drives after investigators raided the unidentified offices.
Prosecutors told the court they wanted permission to [examine?] 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.
At a minimum, this illustrates a level of corruption brought to our government by the Republican Party and Trump. It’s been decades since the sleaziest element in American politics was confident it could sell a presidential pardon to the highest bidder.