Jul 20, 2017

Report: Trump asked about power to pardon aides, family, himself

Alex Brandon / AP

President Trump has asked advisers about "his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with" the Russia probe, the Washington Post reports citing a source familiar with the discussions. Another source said Trump's lawyers were "discussing pardoning powers among themselves."

  • Per several aides, Trump's lawyers are "are actively compiling a list of [special counsel Robert] Mueller's alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work."
  • "The president is also irritated by the notion that Mueller's probe could reach into his and his family's finances."
  • Trump "has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns."
  • Trump's lawyers declined to comment. Mark Corallo, the spokesman for his legal team, resigned Thursday, the Post reports.
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