DOJ lauched investigation on alleged ‘pardon business’
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating an alleged crime where money was funneled to the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon decree.
About half the 18-page document is painted black. The public version contains few details and no names of those involved in the case. The document says that several prosecutors in the Washington DC say they have evidence of a bribery system in which someone “would offer a significant political donation in exchange for a presidential pardon decision or a decision to postpone a sentence.”
It also states that prosecutors investigate a” secret lobby plan in which two strangers acted as lobbyists to senior White House officials without complying with the statutory registration requirement.”
Under the US Constitution, presidents can determine to a large extent who they wish to pardon. Last week, President Donald Trump pardoned his former advisor, Michael Flynn, who had lied twice to the FBI Federal Police Department when investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 American elections. It was the first pardon decision in an expected series of similar decisions in the last weeks of Trumps’s term of office.
According to the court order, DoJ has urged the judge not to disclose that investigations are being conducted, because the investigation would involve individuals against which no charges have yet been filed. The US Department of Justice emphasizes that there is no investigation or investigation of government officials in relation to the possible bribery scandal.