President Trump has reportedly asked advisors how he can pardon himself, his family and his inner circle if they face legal action as a result of the deepening investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia.
The president is examining ways to protect himself from the probe, according to the Washington Post.
Mr Trump is said to have asked his lawyers about the pardon option as his legal team look into limiting or undercutting inquiries by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the FBI investigation into possible links between the Kremlin and the president’s election team.
‘This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’ a close aide told the paper.The president’s legal team is also said to be hard at work trying to prove conflicts of interest on Mr Mueller’s staff. The aim is to thwart the investigation by forcing out those investigators, reported the New York Times.A conflict of interest is possible grounds for a Special Council to be removed from office under US Department of Justice rules.In an interview this week, Mr Trump warned Mr Mueller to stay away from his financial affairs and focus solely on the accusation that Moscow meddled in the last presidential election. He is reportedly furious that his tax returns could be scrutinised.