The incumbent president of the United States, Donald Trump, on the advice of his lawyers, rejected the idea of pardoning himself. Also, lawyers dissuaded him from the idea of pardoning members of his family and lawmakers from the ranks of the Republican Party.
This was reported by CNN.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone reportedly opined that Trump's announcement of an early pardon for himself would put Republicans in a dangerous position. For Trump, it could be considered circumstantial evidence of his guilt.
Cipollone's position was shared, according to CNN, by attorney Eric Hershmann, who represented Trump's defense during the first impeachment proceeding, which resulted in the Republican being acquitted.
The attorneys insisted that Trump also abandoned the idea of announcing an early pardon for a number of Republican congressmen involved in the January 6 riots.
Earlier, it was reported that Trump pardoned Republican Party political consultant Paul Erickson, who was involved in the case of Russian spy Maria Butina.