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Amid Accusations of Bribery Scheme, Trump Prepares Final Flurry of Pardons and Commutations

HeadlineJan 19, 2021

President Trump is expected to issue as many as 100 pardons and commutations today on his final full day in office. This comes as more details emerge about how allies of Trump have personally profited from people seeking pardons. The New York Times reports an associate of Rudy Giuliani told CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou a pardon is “going to cost $2 million.” Kiriakou declined the offer, but he did pay $50,000 to a former top Trump campaign adviser for help securing a pardon. If a pardon is granted, the former adviser will get an additional $50,000 bonus.

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