US President Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
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President Donald Trump has told aides in recent weeks that he is considering issuing himself a federal pardon, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two sources with knowledge of the matter.
The conversations took place after the Nov. 3 election, but it is not clear if they have continued since the D.C. riots on Wednesday, which have reinvigorated calls for his immediate removal from office.
The prospect of a president issuing himself a pardon is unprecedented in U.S. history and has never been tested by the legal system. Scholars are divided on whether such an act would be permissible. Even if the pardon were lawful, it would only apply to federal crimes.
The White House declined to comment.
Trump has also floated the idea of pardoning family members and close associates, NBC News has reported.
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