While such meetings are not unusual and past presidents have issued pardons on their way out, the President’s past clemency for allies, such as Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, and potential preemptive pardon considerations for his family, bring an added dimension.
The Trump White House also acts fast once the President makes a decision, at times without Justice Department involvement, according to sources.
The White House declined to comment when reached out to by CNN.
It’s known Kushner would like one, according to one source, and it’s so evident it doesn’t need to be discussed since the President is aware.
The President has told advisers he feels he and his family have been unfairly targeted and that he’s concerned the legal pursuits could continue under the Biden Justice Department. Lawyers and allies of the President have been lobbying him for pardons ranging from their personal clients to people who Vice President-elect Kamala Harris put behind bars, according to multiple people. She was a state prosecutor and pardons only apply to federal crimes.
This source, familiar with discussions on the matter, told CNN some of the President’s advisers believe that it would perfectly fine for Trump to pardon his family members and other associates preemptively, even though they haven’t been charged with any crimes.
CNN’s Jim Acosta contributed to this report.