U.S. President Donald Trump discussed with his entourage the possibility of pardoning himself.
According to the publication’s sources, Trump made it clear that he wanted to do so in the last days of his presidential term. The piece mentions that the American leader had already considered such a possibility “in several conversations after Election Day” on November 3, 2020. He has allegedly said he has the appropriate powers and asked his aides about this issue. The newspaper does not specify, however, exactly what charges Trump might fear, nor is it clear whether he spoke about it after Wednesday’s riots in Washington.
No U.S. president has previously announced his own pardon. According to The New York Times, it would set a “dangerous precedent” for presidents to unilaterally declare themselves above the law and shield themselves from accountability.
CNN previously reported that Trump had expressed concern that new authorities would try to prosecute him after he leaves office.
In late December, Trump pardoned former chief of his campaign staff Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone, who were convicted as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. A total of 26 citizens were on the list.