Am I the only one wondering about those preemptive pardons Trump might issue? Doesn’t such a pardon suggest that the person pardoned has likely committed a crime of some kind? Doesn’t accepting such a pardon admit an awareness of guilt, an awareness of having done something prosecutable?
Presumably the Trump gang knows that pardons issued by the president apply only to federal law; they do not apply to civil, state, or local offenses. So these folks are probably in a world of hurt, whether or not they are pardoned by the president.