Trump Considers Preemptively Pardoning Family as DOJ Investigates Potential Pardon Bribery Attempt

Headline Roundup December 2nd, 2020

Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday that President Donald Trump had discussed preemptive pardons for three of his children, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Fox News' Sean Hannity also encouraged the president to preemptively pardon both his family and himself, because the left's “witch hunt” would allegedly “go on in perpetuity.” Additionally, newly released court documents show that the Department of Justice is investigating whether an unnamed individual attempted to bribe the Trump administration in exchange for a presidential pardon. President Trump called the investigation “fake news” in a Tuesday night tweet.

Coverage of Trump’s potential pardons for his family came mostly from center- and left-rated outlets, with coverage in right-rated outlets focusing on a potential Rudy Giuliani pardon. Some left-rated outlets said the investigation raised “incendiary” new questions, and some right-rated outlets focused on Trump’s “fake news” tweet.

Trump Considers Preemptively Pardoning Family as DOJ Investigates Potential Pardon Bribery Attempt

From the Left
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President Donald Trump has been discussing the possibility of issuing pardons for his family members and some close associates, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

One source said the conversations in recent days were within the context of a president who feels embattled, and not because Trump believes he or any of his family members had done anything illegal.

The New York Times first reported the discussions and said Trump had spoken about whether to grant pre-emptive pardons for his three eldest children, Eric and Donald Jr.,...

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From the Center
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating a potentially criminal scheme involving paying a bribe to people either in or affiliated with the White House in exchange for an unknown person receiving a presidential pardon, according to court documents that were unsealed Tuesday.

The court records, which were unsealed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, say the DOJ investigation involves two people, whose names are redacted, who were improperly acting as lobbyists to secure the pardon for a person whose name is also redacted. The plot...

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From the Right
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The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a criminal bribery scheme involving political contributions being offered either to individuals in the Trump administration or to a related political organization in the hopes of obtaining a pardon from President Trump, according to newly unsealed federal court records.

A heavily redacted 20-page order and memorandum from Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia from August was unsealed on Tuesday, revealing the existence of the DOJ inquiry. But, due to all of the names and...

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