According to court records, , the Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon.
The White House has declined to comment on the filing, although an official from the Justice Department has told CNN “no government official was or is currently a subject or target of the investigation disclosed in this filing.”
The documents were heavily redacted so it wasn’t possible to see who was involved, and there is no evidence to suggest it was Donald Trump.
Although there is one particular passage in the document that appears to show a lawyer for the convict had discussions with the White House Counsel’s Office about a pardon or commutation. Though it was unclear whether the discussions were part of the scheme or a merely some normal back-and-forth with the White House about a convict’s case.
Trump has since responded to the news, calling it fake news:
Pardon investigation is Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
According to the NY Times, “investigators suspected that the convict seeking the pardon was imprisoned as recently as this summer and that two people working on behalf of the convict may have undertaken a secret lobbying campaign by approaching White House officials, according to the documents.”