From Evan Perez, Pamela Brown, Jamie Gangel and Jeremy Herb's 11-12-20 CNN article entitled "As Trump Wrestles With Defeat, Pardons Loom for Allies -- and Himself":
Trump has been asking aides since 2017 about whether he can self-pardon, former aides tell CNN. One former White House official said Trump asked about self-pardons as well as pardons for his family. Trump even asked if he could issue pardons pre-emptively for things people could be charged with in the future, the former official said.
"Once he learned about it, he was obsessed with the power of pardons," the official said. "I always thought he also liked it because it was a way to do a favor."
Trump's pardons, however, would only cover federal crimes, and would not protect him or others fromongoing investigationsinto the Trump Organization being led by the New York attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney.
Former aides to Trump are split on whether Trump would actually consider giving himself a pardon. Some see it as a near-certainty -- "Of course he will," the former official said -- while others believe it's unlikely, because doing so would imply he's guilty of something.