This just sounds hella illegal and it makes you wonder, why aren’t these people in jail?
The former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani is accused of selling pardons for $2 million.
Via Business Insider:
An associate of Rudy Giuliani told a former CIA operative seeking a presidential pardon that Giuliani could help arrange one for $2 million, The New York Times reported.
The Times reported that several people with connections to President Donald Trump had accepted large sums of money from people seeking pardons.
John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative, was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2012 for disclosing the identity of a fellow officer involved in waterboarding. Kiriakou told The Times that he had sought a pardon through other people with connections to the president — in order to carry a handgun and access his pension — but that the topic came up during an unrelated boozy meeting with Giuliani and his associates at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.
Kiriakou told The Times that at one point, when Giuliani went to the restroom, one of the meeting attendees said that Giuliani could help but that “it’s going to cost $2 million — he’s going to want two million bucks.”
Kiriakou did not pursue the offer, according to The Times.
“I laughed. Two million bucks — are you out of your mind?” Kiriakou told the outlet. “Even if I had two million bucks, I wouldn’t spend it to recover a $700,000 pension.”
A friend of Kiriakou’s reported the meeting to the FBI, disturbed that Giuliani might be selling presidential pardons, The Times reported. But Giuliani disputed the idea he was doing so, telling the outlet that he did not recall the meeting described by Kiriakou and that working on clemency cases while working as the president’s lawyer would constitute a conflict of interest.