US President Donald Trump is suggesting that he is not considering pardoning aides or associates who are being investigated for ties to Russia.
Trump tweeted Saturday: "While all agree the US President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS." The Washington Post recently reported that Trump has inquired about his authority to pardon aides, relatives or even himself in connection with the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has long criticized leaks about the investigation and has urged authorities to prosecute leakers. He maintains no crimes have been committed. Next week, Trump's eldest son, his son-in-law and White House adviser, and a former campaign chairman are to appear before Senate committees investigating Russian meddling.