This message has not yet been officially confirmed: According to insiders, US President Donald Trump wants to pardon dozens of people before he leaves office - but probably not himself and his family.

Trump met with advisers on Sunday (local time) to compile a list of more than 100 people who should either be pardoned completely or their sentences reduced, a Reuters insider said.

CNN also cited several sources.

The names could then be announced on Tuesday, Trump's last full day in the presidency.

There has been speculation about possible pardons on social media for weeks.

Many Trump supporters are hoping for a last coup, a last moment of surprise for the elected president.

It is speculated, for example, that Trump could pardon Wikileaks founder Julian Assange or whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Is Assange only missing the signature?


The hashtag #pardonassange has been busy promoting the move for weeks.

Several large Twitter accounts that are close to the Trump camp report that the pardon for Assange has already been given - all that is missing is the signature.

It is also argued, however, that the President's renewed impeachment may mean that he might be less courageous than hoped.

As the "New York Times" reports, the president is currently flooded with inquiries.

Hopes were raised among others by the founder of the controversial online drug trading center "Silk Road".

Some of the people who are hoping for pardons have even offered Trump confidants money or other benefits in return if they could convince the president to pardon them.

Trump has exercised the right of pardon several times during his presidency.

For example, he granted his former campaign advisor from 2016, George Papadopoulos, full remission.

He pleaded guilty to lying to FBI officials about his contacts with leading Russian officials.

What about your own family?


In his private life, Trump also debated with advisors whether he should take the extraordinary step of issuing a pardon for himself.

Advisors warned that this could be interpreted as an admission of guilt, the insider said.

Legal experts also consider such a step to be unconstitutional.

A self-pardon would violate the basic principle that no one should be a judge in their own case.

With the inauguration of his successor Joe Bidens on Wednesday, Trump will lose his immunity.

He can then be tried in the ordinary courts.

He is threatened with several legal proceedings - for example because of the possible call to storm the Capitol by his supporters or because of allegations of tax offenses.