President Donald Trump pardons Corn, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump watches. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The Justice Department is investigating a possible scheme to offer a bribe in exchange for help securing a presidential pardon, according to a newly-released court document.
The partially-redacted filing, which was published Tuesday evening after a judge in Washington D.C. approved its release, gave few details and didn’t name any of the individuals involved in the probe.
But the document raises incendiary new questions about the tail-end of the Trump era, at a moment when the president is widely expected to pardon his friends, allies, and possibly even himself, before his term ends in January.
Authorities exercised a search warrant sometime before August that resulted in the seizure of documents and devices that stored files