On Wednesday, the Times itself pointed out that Trump has near-absolute power to pardon people. Which is to say: Dowd talking over that possibility with lawyers for Manafort and Flynn would certainly give off the appearance of wrongdoing. It’s shady. Perhaps more importantly, though, it raises the question of what the White House legal team doesn’t want Manafort and Flynn to share with Mueller’s investigators. By vehemently denying a report by well-sourced journalists, the Trump administration has once again managed to draw even more attention to its conduct.