A source familiar with the conversation said Trump believes that “pardons for family and children are more likely and more urgent, because pardons can avoid prosecution.”
However, aides and allies were concerned about the public’s perception of the pardon after the riots on January 6, which resulted in the deaths of five people.
The source told CNN that inside the West Wing there are disagreements with the people who were threatened by the attack. Many of them are confronting the president. The president’s main concern is to protect himself and his family.
The turmoil in the Capitol has created new legal risks for the president, his allies, and family members participating in the rally, if investigators investigate whether their words and actions may be subject to criminal prosecution.
On Tuesday, Trump defended the January 6 remarks, calling them “appropriate.”
The White House did not provide comment.
A source familiar with the White House conversation said Trump may issue a package of pardons to cover himself and his children until he leaves the office. From Trump’s point of view, he added: “It makes sense to cover up everything.”
According to sources close to Trump, even before last week, the president had told advisers that he believed he and his family had been unfairly attacked, and he worried that Biden’s Justice Department would continue to pursue legal responsibility.
According to people familiar with the White House dialogue, Trump has been discussing pardoning himself and his children since his first year in office, but the attack on the Capitol has created new information and “public relations” around this pardon. power.
The source said: “Before there was no reason, they did nothing wrong.” But the attack on the Capitol may change this situation. The source added that Trump’s “hard core foundation may not care, but some Republicans and former supporters don’t like it.” “They have blood on their hands after January 6.”
A person familiar with the matter told CNN that one of Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr., did not want to be pardoned. The source said: “His father never raised this issue with him, but Tang told his friends that he did not want pardon because he did not think it was necessary.
Two people familiar with the matter said that within the White House, many officials were disgusted by the attack and did not want to participate in pardoning anyone who might play a role.
A source said Trump intends to issue a pardon to people outside his family. The person referred to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (Rudy Giuliani) as saying: “The number is more than expected. Rudy is the obvious person.” “There is still a lot of discussion about existing employees.”
According to two people familiar with the matter, the White House originally planned to release a batch of pardons last week, but it was delayed due to the riots.
The memorandum clearly stated that “the president cannot forgive himself under the basic principle that no one is a judge at all.”
A former senior administrative official said in a violation of the Justice Department’s memo on self-pardon: “Trump may not care much about the OLC memo. He will do whatever he wants, and then fight him in court if necessary. “