According to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump has been asking his advisors if it is possible to grant a pardon to himself.
The question came about as Trump's team attempts to figure out a way to block a special investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III into the current administration's connections to Russia.
Trump has reportedly been asking his lawyers about his ability to pardon family members, aides, and himself should investigations turn up anything incriminating.
“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’” a close advisor said, noting that Trump is curious about his abilities in this realm.
The report also indicates that Trump's lawyers are attempting to compile a list of conflicts of interest that Mueller might hold which would prevent him from conducting the investigation. Sources say Trump is particularly concerned Mueller's investigation may look into the Trump family's personal finances, specifically becoming enraged of Mueller's ability to look at many years of the family's mysterious tax returns.
One of Trump's attorneys, John Dowd, has insisted that the story is “not true” and “nonsense ... The President’s lawyers are cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller on behalf of the President.”
“The fact is that the president is concerned about conflicts that exist within the special counsel’s office and any changes in the scope of the investigation,” said another Trump attorney, Jay Sekulow, who had previously made spurious claims about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian agents. “The scope is going to have to stay within his mandate. If there’s drifting, we’re going to object ... They’re talking about real estate transactions in Palm Beach several years ago. In our view, this is far outside the scope of a legitimate investigation.”
Trump has repeatedly characterized investigations into his relations with Russia as a "witch hunt."
Legal experts suggest that a President does not have the ability to pardon himself in the case of impreachment — although no President has ever actually tried.
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