Enter the Justice Department, which in a court document released on Tuesday acknowledged a probe into an alleged presidential pardon "bribery conspiracy scheme."
President-elect Joe Biden has expressed a desire to move beyond the Trump era, but the Department of Justice and officials in New York state may have other plans.
All the while, Trump has denied wrongdoing, and he remained typically defiant Tuesday as news of a federal pardon probe broke.
The White House and Justice Department did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Bill Barr, has also taken recent action that favors Trump.
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