司法部正在调查潜在的总统赦免贿赂计划, 法庭记录显示

司法部正在调查与向白宫或相关政治委员会汇款以换取总统赦免有关的潜在犯罪, according to court records unsealed Tuesday in federal court.

The case is the latest legal twist in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s administration after several of his top advisers have been convicted of federal criminal charges and as the possibility rises of Trump giving pardons to those who’ve been loyal to him.
The disclosure is in 20 pages of partially redacted documents made public by the DC District Court on Tuesday afternoon. The records show Chief Judge Beryl Howell’s review in August of a request from prosecutors to access documents obtained in a search as part of a bribery-for-pardon investigation.
The filings don’t reveal a timeline of the alleged scheme, or any names of people potentially involved, except that communications between people including at least one lawyer were seized from an office that was raided sometime before the end of this summer.
    No one appears to have been publicly charged with a related crime to date.
    At the end of this summer, a filter team, used to make sure prosecutors don’t receive tainted evidence that should have been kept from them because it was privileged, 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 the filter team’s holdings. The prosecutors believed the devices revealed emails that showed allegedly criminal activity, 包括一个 “secret lobbying schemeand a bribery conspiracy that offereda substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentencefor a convicted defendant whose name is redacted, according to the redacted documents.
    Communications between attorneys and clients are typically privileged and kept from prosecutors as they build their cases, but in this situation, Howell allowed the prosecutors access. Attorney-client communications are not protected as privileged under the law when there is discussion of a crime, among other exceptions.
    The political strategy to obtain a presidential pardon was ‘parallelto and distinct from [redacted]’s role as an attorney-advocate for [redacted name],” Howell wrote in her court order.
    The grand jury investigation also appears to relate to unnamed people acting as unregisteredlobbyists to senior White House officialsas they sought to secure a pardon and use an intermediary to send a bribe, the unsealed court records say.
    Prosecutors hadn’t provided evidence to the judge, 然而, of any direct payment, and instead showed evidence that a person was seeking clemency because of past and future political contributions.
    The investigators indicated in court that they intended toconfrontthree people with the communications and complete their investigation.
      过去一周, the Justice Department told Howell it wanted to keep filings related to the matter confidential in court, 因为 “individuals and conducthadn’t yet been charged.
      这个故事是打破,将被更新.

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