Trump has 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.
Currently, the discussions of pardoning authority by Trump’s legal team are purely theoretical, according to two people familiar with the ongoing conversations.
On Monday, lawyer Ty Cobb, newly brought into the White House to handle responses to the Russian probe, convened a meeting with the president and his team of lawyers, according to two people briefed on the meeting.
But Trump surprised many of his aides by speaking at length about the probe to the New York Times two days later.
A president can pardon an individual at any point, including before the person is charged with a crime, and the scope of a presidential pardon can be very broad.