Quick Takes: These Are Not Things An Innocent Person Does

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* The Washington Post reports what Trump’s legal team is up to.

Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.

Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

Those aren’t the kinds of things you do when your client is innocent.

* Martin was one of the first people to report that Natalia Veselnitskaya was more than simply a Russian lawyer. Now Reuters adds this:

The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia’s FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show.

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