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Friday, July 21, 2017
NOOSE TIGHTENING II. TRUMP INVESTIGATING PARDONS, SPECIAL COUNSEL
“Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to
limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation,
building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and
discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people
familiar with the effort.
Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon
aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according
to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been
discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.
One adviser said the president has simply expressed a
curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the
limits of Mueller’s investigation.
“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon
myself,’” a close
With the Russia investigation continuing to widen,
Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of
the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s
alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to
stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.
A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds
that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from
office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.”[However, the statute contains limitations on
what is a ‘conflict of interest’]