Senior Advisor Jared Kushner( C) arrives with lawyer Abbe Lowell( L) for a meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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The US Department of Justice investigated an lawyer for Jared Kushner in connection with an alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme, The New York Times reported. As Business Insider reported, a US judge released records this week showing that federal researchers expressing concern about an alleged “bribery conspiracy scheme” to obtain a presidential pardon. According to The Times’ reporting, the suspected scheme involved a billionaire real estate developer, Sanford Diller, who sought to secure clemency for a boy named Hugh Baras, who had been convicted of tax evasion. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more narratives.
A billionaire real estate developer enlisted an attorney for Jared Kushner and a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in a suspected scheme to obtain a presidential forgivenes via bribery, The New York Times reported under Thursday.
Earlier this week, a federal magistrate released documents demonstrating that the Department of Justice was investigating a “bribery conspiracy scheme” this past summer. The identifies of the supposes were redacted and no one has been charged with a crime.
The status of the investigation is unknown.
In a statement on Wednesday, a DOJ official told Business Insider that “No government official was or is currently a theme or target of the investigation disclosed in this filing.”
According to The Times, the investigation began after a billionaire, Sanford Diller, recruited the assistance of Abbe Lowell, an lawyer for the president’s son-in-law, and Elliott Broidy, a Trump campaign fundraiser. Diller was seeking clemency for a mortal, Hugh Baras, who had been convicted of tax evasion and Social Security fraud, the paper reported.
Diller died in February 2018, “and there is no evidence that the effort continued after his death, ” The Times said.
Court reports indicated the effort, which included an appeal to the White House Counsel’s Office, included an offer of a “substantial political contribution” in exchange for a pardon.
An attorney for Lowell, nonetheless, told The Times that no bribe was ever paid. Baras has not received mildnes, the Times mentioned. An advocate for Baras told The Times that he was not representing him “for the purposes of a pardon.”
In 2017, Lowell made headlines after falling for a prankster imitating his patron, Jared Kushner. In an email exchange, Lowell offered the faux-Kushner advice on how to abide by laws governing official correspondence in his role as a White House advisor.
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