The associates of incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump tried to make money by lobbying for presidential pardons. The New York Times writes about it, citing sources.
“As President Trump prepares to leave office in the coming days, the lucrative pardon market is approaching its peak, and some of his allies are collecting fees from wealthy criminals or their associates to push for White House pardons,” the report said.
It is noted that the pardon-selling activity intensified after it became clear that Trump would not win the election.
According to the report, former federal prosecutor Brett Tolman “monetized his clemency work, raising tens of thousands of dollars, and possibly more, in recent weeks.”
It is also reported that Trump’s former personal attorney John Dowd “sold himself to convicted felons as someone who could secure a pardon because of his close relationship with the president.”
In the U.S., presidential pardons only work for crimes of which a person has been charged by federal authorities, not state authorities.
Earlier, Trump pardoned a number of individuals involved in Special Prosecutor Mueller’s investigation, including his former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone. In addition, Trump pardoned Charles Kushner, father-in-law and senior adviser to Jared Kushner.