Some of Trump’s lawyers are researching ways to limit or undermine the Russia investigation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is overseeing. They are specifically looking into Trump’s authority to grant pardons.
Trump asked his advisers about his ability to pardon aides, family members and himself in connection to the Russian investigation.
According to a close advisor, Trump’s inquiry was because he was curious and not because he wanted to use it for the Russia investigation that Mueller is looking into at the moment.
“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’ ” a close adviser said.
Additionally, Trump’s lawyers have been putting together a list of Mueller’s potential conflicts of interest that could potentially remove Mueller from the investigation.
In the past, top Senate Democrats have feared that Trump would pardon those who are convicted in the ongoing Russia investigation.
Trump has expressed his frustration for the Russia investigation many times during his presidency calling it a “witch hunt” and a “cloud” hanging over his presidency.
In Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, it grants the president the power to pardon. But it only extends to federal criminal prosecution and not to state level or cases of impeachment.
There has not been a president in the past that has pardoned himself. Some argue that the way it is written in the Constitution prohibits a president from pardoning himself and that it is something you can only give to someone else.
This report comes a week after Trump Jr revealed that he met with a Russian lawyer in June of 2016 who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
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