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DOJ investigates bribery scheme to obtain presidential pardon

NBC’s Tom Winters reports on a Department of Justice investigation into a bribery scheme for a presidential pardon. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi

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 D.C..

The heavily redacted documents 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.

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.

The investigation also involves an alleged offer by another individual to “offer a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence.”

The judge said that the communications could be reviewed by investigators because the emails included someone who is not an attorney.

“This political strategy to obtain a presidential pardon was ‘parallel’ to and distinct from” one individual’s role as an attorney advocate for” another individual, the ruling said, redacting both names.

The White House declined to comment.

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  1. What do you expect when lobbying is legal??

  2. needs a full investigation seriously. asap before documents go "missing"
    it's idiotic if he could pardon himself that should be obvious.

  3. Barr and Trump know they have to get these allegations out of the way before Jan 20th that is why it has surfaced now,……… so Trump can pardon himself before he leaves office. His friend Barr is trying to gain credibility by now dismissing the Election Fraud claims. Ho hum.

  4. You need to investigate all these testimony’s of voter fraud .

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  8. So when is Biden going to jail with killary again?

  9. More votes then Voters 🥀 Unbalanced votes in some states.

  10. Sounds like a investigation would work on Dominion voting machines.🥀

  11. You are traitor man, I saw it a longtime ago and a looser.
    No news to report so you had to cook up something to go on why not report about VOTE FRAUDULENT

  12. INVESTIGATE BIDEN Family relations with Ukraine, China, Russia.
    Laptop laptop laptop – believe the American people – we are like a dog w/a bone and wont forget you owe us an investigation.

  13. Waste of damn time! DOJ needs to be locking up the crooked sellout Democrats

  14. 3.6k to 2.4K. Yep, the followers of the Dear Leader don’t like what they hear, the truth. Shep and Chris are the only two ant Fox that show some integrity.

  15. This is for bill Clinton. Not trump.

  16. DOJ birds flying in and out of Arkansas all week.

  17. kinda funny, when sydney powell was waving papers in the air, ppl said they were nothing but blank pages. when media does it, all of a sudden its gospel. rofl fricken sheep

  18. kinda right on time as Rudy is being offered a pardon out of the blue

  19. How deep will the swamp stick its dirty fingers up its own asses and then take a whiff at it to detect the stink on it to smear descent people with it ?????

  20. If your kids didn’t commit federal offenses then why would they need a pardon?

  21. Sounds like you got nothing.

  22. There is zero context provided. Are we referring to Trump, Biden, Obama, Clinton? Which AG? A lot on innuendo with no context. Other sources state that no US official is the target of the investigation. 😖

  23. As President, Clinton used his power under the U.S. Constitution to grant pardons and clemency to 456 people, thus commuting the sentences of those already convicted of a crime, and obviating a trial for those not yet convicted. Barack Obama pardoned 1,927 people. A nothing go nowhere investigation by Comey on Clinton
    And Obama was found to be useless.
    Do your research people you can go back as far as Lincoln and find presidential pardons numerously

  24. Well, sounds like Giuliani may go down with the ship. Oh well

  25. Flynn was convicted of having connections to Russia. Was there some kind of quid quo pro with his pardon that he would again work for Trump or possibly even continue to stir up civil unrest as part of a deal with Putin? Very interesting the very first thing this man does once pardoned is stir up unrest.

  26. Hey Shep. No need to investigate just have Adam shiftless come forward and tell us all the information he has seen. It's got to be the truth. Just look at his track record

  27. Im going on my rocket ship Down to the comments

  28. Lock them up. Lock them up.

  29. The people he has paid off and bribed are endless. They should freeze all his bank accounts until he signs a document saying he is going to pay back all that is owned immediately.make it to where he can't sell anything or get any money unless it's to the people he owes. That won't chop him down to nothing.

  30. When we finally go ahead and move past all this and Trump gets a movie please America please make sure it’s not a suspense or mystery or political film this needs to be a comedy and not a campy parody comedy a straight up Seth Rogen Rogen James Franco epic!!!


  32. what about Hunter Biden CRIMES and CORRUPTION? WHERE ARE YOU DOJ?? PREFERENTIAL treatment for the Baden's???

  33. Is this against trump or for trump?

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