AN investigation into an alleged White House cash-for-pardons scheme focused on a lawyer for Jared Kushner and a top Trump campaign fundraiser, according to a shock report on Thursday.
Court documents revealed on Tuesday outlined an investigation by the Justice Department into a potential “secret lobbying scheme.”
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The scheme was said to have offered political contributions to the White House to try to secure a “presidential pardon or reprieve of a sentence.”
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that this investigation revolved around alleged efforts by son-in-law Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell.
The investigation also reportedly surrounded fundraiser Elliott Broidy, who in October pleaded guilty to another charge that was related to a separate apparent scheme to lobby the Trump administration.
Allegations were detailed in 20 pages of court documents – of which large portions were redacted.
There is no suggestion that Trump or senior White House officials are personally implicated in the alleged bribery scheme.
Court documents stated that over 50 electronic devices – including iPhones, iPads, laptops, computer and hard drives, and thumbdrives, were seized along with email communications in investigations of the alleged incidents.
The docs alleged there was a “secret lobbying scheme” where two redacted names “acted as lobbyists to senior White House officials, without complying with the registration requirement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act”.
The documents alleged this was “to secure ‘a pardon or reprieve of a sentence’” for a person, whose name was also redacted.
Taking to Twitter last night, the outgoing president attacked reports of the probe.
“Pardon investigation is Fake News!” he wrote.
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