A Thursday night piece run by The Washington Post alleged that members of President Donald Trump’s legal team were looking into ways to subvert special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
According to the Post, the president has been querying his advisers over the logistics of his power to pardon various people close to him — aides, family members, White House staffers. Trump has even questioned his ability to pardon himself in relation to the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
This information, obtained from “people familiar with the effort,” comes merely one day after the president stated in a New York Times interview that he would never remove Mueller from his position as special counsel.
“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,'” one of Trump’s advisers told the Post.
The president’s lawyers declined to comment on the matter, but one adviser did say that Trump’s inquiries were merely his trying to understand the scope of his power to pardon and the range of Mueller’s investigation.
In addition to using pardons to undercut the investigation, Trump’s lawyers are also looking into possible conflicts of interest that Mueller may have.
A conflict of interest is one of the grounds that an attorney general can cite as a reason to remove a special counsel from their position.
The investigation into Mueller’s conflicts comes by means of an attempt to find ways that his work could be stymied and, thusly, discredited.
Adding to the Trump legal team’s woes, Mark Corallo, the spokesperson of the legal team, resigned earlier this week.
Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s lawyers, said earlier in an interview on Thursday that the legal team will be making sure that Mueller stays within the bounds of his assignment as special counsel.