Has President Trump’s legal team been “discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons?” One of Trump’s attorneys is denying a Washington Post report that the president’s legal team has been looking into Trump’s ability to issue pardons in respect to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Jay Sekylow told CBS News chief White House correspondent, Major Garrett, “Pardons are not being discussed and are not on the table.”
The report in the Post said that Trump “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.”
The Post report continued, “One adviser said the president has just expressed curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.”
Major Garrett also reported on Thursday that President Trump’s legal team has been shuffled. Marc Kasowitz is now out as Trump’s personal attorney and Kasowitz’s spokesperson, Mark Corallo, has also resigned.
Kasowitz represented Trump since the early 2000’s and led the president’s defense in the Trump University fraud case. Kasowitz was also in the news recently because of a string of threatening emails he sent to a retired public relations professional who challenged him to stop defending the president. In Kasowitz first response to this individual, he wrote: “F*** you,” according to ProPublica. Several emails followed after that including one that read, “And you don’t know me, but I will know you How dare you send me an email like that I’m on you now You are f****** with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back, b****.” Kasowitz later apologized for his tirade.
Major Garrett also confirmed that Trump’s legal team is looking for ways to push back against Mueller who is now looking into the president’s past financial dealings. Trump wants to keep Mueller focused just on the Russian probe. Apparently, Trump’s business dealings with Russia go back for decades. Mueller is also looking into the business dealings of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He was reportedly as much as $17 million in debt to pro-Russia interests before joining the Trump campaign, according to records obtained by the New York Times.
What do you think about these recent reports, especially those that focus on the president’s authority to issue pardons?
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