A team of Donald Trump’s lawyers are currently exploring different ways for the President “pardoning himself and his family” in the event of the Russia probe finding anything incriminating against him.
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The lawyers are exploring different ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, and are allegedly building a case against what they claim are conflicts of interest. Mueller was given the authority to investigate links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as any crimes that are committed in response to the investigation such as obstruction of justice.
And it looks like it’s well on the way to probe some of the Trump family’s business ties including the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and his sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008.
Reportedly, in the midst of this, Trump asked his legal team about his power to pardon family members and even himself in connection with the probe. Classic Trump move right there. A close advisor has said:
This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself’.
Not so sure that this isn’t the case, especially since Trump was said to be pissed off that Mueller had the authority to access his tax returns (something which Trump has repeatedly refused to do). One of Trump’s arguments focuses on why allegations that his campaign involved Russia should then spread into his past business ventures.
A private lawyer for Trump, Jay Sekulow, has said that the President and his legal team are intent on ensuring that Mueller stays within the boundaries of the assignment and they’re not afraid to complain directly to Mueller if need be.
On the other side of the coin, although Trump has long called the FBI investigation into his campaign and its correspondence with Russia a “witch hunt”, a powerful investigative team is now able to study the evidence of any crime it encounters within the probe. So if there has been any tax fraud, lying to federal agents or interference with the investigation, then Trump will definitely need to be “pardoning himself” pretty damn quick.
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