Trump has prepared a comprehensive list of people he hopes to pardon in the final days of his administration, which includes senior White House officials, family members, prominent rappers – and possibly himself, according to people familiar with the matter.
Trump hopes to announce pardons on Jan. 19 – his last full day in office – and his ideas are currently being considered by senior advisers and the White House board office, the people said.
Perhaps the biggest question his legal team faces is whether the president has the power to forgive himself, as he has discussed in recent weeks with his key aides, according to people familiar with his conversations.
Trump has claimed power before, although this is a legal dispute and has never been attempted by a president before. Self-forgiveness could also prove to be a major political responsibility and hamper another presidential candidacy.