The US Department of Justice is investigating a White House-related bribery scheme in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to declassified court documents.
According to documents declassified on Tuesday, the corruption scheme likely involved “a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or a suspended sentence.” All names mentioned in the declassification investigation were withheld.
The documents said a judge earlier this year gave federal prosecutors access to unnamed “electronic devices” to investigate discussions surrounding the bribe-for-pardon scheme.
It is not clear from the materials who could be pardoned and when.
US President Donald Trump last week pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He was accused of misinforming the FBI about contacts with the Russian ambassador.
In July, Trump pardoned his other former adviser, political strategist Roger Stone. In February 2020, he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for perjury to Congress.