DOJ Opens Investigation into White House ‘Bribery-for-Pardon’ Scheme

The last four years in American politics have felt like a lifetime, as the nation tried to adjust to the idea of a non-politician holding the highest political office in the land.

It was rough and rugged, but that’s precisely what we signed up for.  The idea was that those comfortable with the status quo should be made to be uncomfortable, and in a hurry.  If we, too, were to feel a bit squeamish about the speed we were moving, well that would just be a little bit of collateral fright is all.

But now that we’re coming to what could very well be the end of Donald Trump’s time in the White House, it feels as though these last few weeks will also be subject to the time-stretching effect of 2020 as a whole.

Especially if we’re about to deal with something like this…

Federal investigators are looking into a potential “bribery-for-pardon” scheme involving presidential pardons, according to federal court documents unsealed by the chief judge for the federal court in Washington.

The heavily redacted documents revealed Tuesday do not name the individuals involved or President Donald Trump. They also do not indicate if any White House officials had knowledge of the scheme.

“No government official was or is currently a subject or target of the investigation disclosed in this filing,” a Justice Department official said.

The documents discuss whether prosecutors can review documents that may have been protected by attorney-client privilege and were seized as a result of a search warrant.

The opinion, entered by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on Aug. 28, is tied to an ongoing investigation that may involve at least two individuals who “acted as lobbyists to senior White House officials, without complying with the registration requirement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act … to secure ‘a pardon or reprieve of sentence for'” one individual whose name is redacted.

And while no concrete evidence has emerged regarding who could be involved, a number of social media users appear convinced that Rudy Giuliani must somehow be involved.