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Trump tried to bribe Julian Assange with a presidential pardon.


<b>Trump tried to bribe Julian Assange with a presidential pardon.</b>All the Wikileaks founder had to do was clear Russia's good name.
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On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Donald Trump announced a slew of pardons and commutations for politically connected individuals, various members of the 1%, Celebrity Apprentice contestants, and generally terrible people. Among the group: Wall Street poster child for greed Michael Milken, ex-NYPD chief and Rudy Giuliani pal Bernie Kerik who displaced 9/11 first responders in order to have a covert spot to conduct two affairs, ex-Illinois governor and children’s hospital shakedown artist Rod Blagojevich, and Paul Pogue, the former owner of a Texas construction company whose son just so happened to have donated $85,000 last year to Trump Victory and maxed out donations to the Trump presidential campaign. In total, the president went to bat for 11 people, but according to a new report from the Washington Post, if he'd had his way, the list could’ve clocked in at a cool dozen and included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who Trump allegedly tried to bribe with a pardon in the hopes of clearing Russia’s good name. According to a lawyer for Assange, who is currently sitting in prison in the U.K. while he waits for a ruling on the U.S.’s extradition request, in 2017, then Republican congressman and Trump ally Dana Rohrabacher traveled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where the then fugitive was staying and offered a presidential pardon, on Trump's behalf, if Assange would publicly state that Russia had nothing whatsoever to do with the 2016 hack and leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee. The meeting, which was reported at the time, was also attended by Charles Johnson, a conservative political activist. Assange's lawyers claimed in a London court that they would provide evidence that Dana Rohrabacher promised Assange a pardon or some other favor related to a U.S. prosecution if he provided information absolving Russia of responsibility for hacking Democratic Party emails in 2016. The clemency orders that the president issued that day to celebrity felons like Mr. Kerik, Rod R. Blagojevich and Michael R. Milken came about through a typically Trumpian process, an ad hoc scramble that bypassed the formal procedures used by past presidents and was driven instead by friendship, fame, personal empathy and a shared sense of persecution. While aides said the timing was random, it reinforced Mr. Trump’s antipathy toward the law enforcement establishment. All 11 recipients had an inside connection or were promoted on Fox News. Some were vocal supporters of Mr. Trump, donated to his campaign or in one case had a son who weekended in the Hamptons with the president’s eldest son. Even three obscure women serving time on drug or fraud charges got on Mr. Trump’s radar screen through a personal connection. The GOP is a party of criminals and enablers. Vote for a candidate that will hold the Trump crime administration accountable for their actions. We can't just replace Trump, we must finally hold the executive branch accountable.

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