The case is the latest legal twist as President Donald Trump’s top advisers to the administration have been charged with federal criminal offenses, increasing the likelihood that Trump will pardon those loyal to him.
D.C. The revelation is contained in 20 pages of partially amended documents that the district court made public Tuesday afternoon. Records show that in August, Chief Justice Beryl Howell reviewed prosecutors’ request to access documents obtained during a search as part of a bribery-apology investigation.
No chronology of the alleged project or the names of the persons involved has been filed, except that communications between individuals, including at least one lawyer, were confiscated from an office that was checked before the end of this summer.
To date no one seems to have been publicly charged in connection with the crime.
According to court records, by the end of this summer, a filter team will be used to ensure that lawyers do not have access to bad evidence because it was privileged to have more than 50 digital devices, including iPhones, iPods, laptops, thumb drives and computer drivers after investigators searched unidentified offices.
Prosecutors told the court that permission should be granted for the reserves of the filter group. Prosecutors believed the devices leaked alleged emails, including a “secret propaganda plan” and a bribery conspiracy that “made a significant political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or recovery of sentence”, according to revised documents.
Communications between lawyers and clients are usually privileged and are kept from the lawyers when they make cases, but in this situation, Howell allowed the lawyers access. Lawyer-client communications are not protected as privileged under the law when discussing an offense.
“The political strategy for obtaining a presidential pardon is different from that of‘ parallel ’ [redacted]Role as a lawyer-lawyer [redacted name], ”Howell wrote in his court order.
The arbitral tribunal heard that unnamed individuals were acting as “campaigners for senior White House officials” and that they were trying to obtain a pardon and use an intermediary to send bribes.
However, the attorneys did not provide evidence to the judge for any direct fees, instead showing evidence that a person is apologizing to someone because of past and future political contributions.
Investigators indicated in court that they wanted to end their investigation by “confronting” the three individuals with communications.
Last week, the judiciary told Howell that it wanted to keep cases related to the case secret in court because “individuals and conduct” have not yet been charged.
This story has been updated with additional information.
Caitlin Collins of CNN contributed to this report.