A team of lawyers hired by President Donald Trump are looking into the possible conflicts of interest of DOJ special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his investigating team for the probe into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, the Gateway Pundit reports.
The objective of Trump’s legal team is to look for ways to undercut Mueller’s role by gathering allegations of conflicts of interest against his team and himself and determine how the president can use his pardoning powers, according to the Washington Post citing people with knowledge of the matter.
These efforts may also be intended at removing Mueller or forcing some members of his team to recuse, according to the New York Times.
Some of the conflicts of interest the lawyers are focusing on are previous donations to Democratic candidates by Mueller’s investigators.
They are also looking at Mueller’s relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump dismissed in May and who was overseeing the Russia probe, the Times reported.
If the conflicts are determined to be valid, it can be used by the U.S. Attorney General to fire a special counsel from an investigation, according to the Post.