About 12 hours ago we wrote about the prospect of Donald Trump “preemptively” pardoning his adult children, after Sean Hannity advised him to “pardon his whole family and himself.” At the time it was merely a theoretical piece of advice from a Fox News anchor and not something the president was reported to actually be considering. But surprise: He is! And knowing him, he’ll probably go through with it!

In an updated story about Rudy Giuliani having discussed the prospect of a “preemptive” pardon for himself, The New York Times reports that Trump has talked to advisers about granting the same sort of all-inclusive pardon to Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump, as well as Jared Kushner. (As has been the story of her life, there was sadly no mention of Tiffany Trump, though in this case that may be an unintended compliment re: her not needing to worry about being prosecuted.) Trump has reportedly told people that he is concerned that “a Biden Justice Department might seek retribution against the president by targeting the oldest three of his five children,” as well as Ivanka’s husband. Of course previous outgoing administrations haven’t had to worry about such things, and that’s because they weren‘t known for being crime syndicates.

In terms of legal exposure, Don Jr. was under investigation by Robert Mueller during the Russia probe for contacts he’d had with Russians offering damning information about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. While Mueller’s team considered charging Trump campaign officials in connection with the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, Don Jr. ultimately got off, not because he hadn’t done some exceedingly sketchy stuff, but because Mueller concluded he was too stupid to understand he was committing a crime.

With regard to the Boy Prince of New Jersey, Kushner provided federal authorities with false information about his contacts with foreigners when applying for his security clearance—which can be charged as a federal crime—though the president just decided to give him one anyway. When it comes to Eric, who is running the Trump Organization alongside his older brother in their father’s absence, he recently sat down for a deposition as part of the New York attorney general’s investigation into whether the family business falsely inflated the value of its assets to secure loans and tax benefits. And on the Princess Purses front, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has expanded its probe of the Trump Organization to include tax write-offs on millions of dollars in “consulting fees,” some of which seemingly went to Ivanka, who was very much an employee of the company and not a consultant. (The first daughter did not react well to this news last month.)

Largely, though, it seems like Trump, the biggest grifter in presidential history, would like to pardon his children and son-in-law not just for any crimes they might have committed in the past, but any future ones too. As the Times notes, no president has ever attempted to pardon someone “for crimes they have not yet committed—essentially a prospective get-out-of-jail-free card,” and, unsurprisingly, legal experts believe such an action would be unlikely “to hold any weight.” But if anyone is going to try, it’s definitely this guy!

Oh, and in related, shocking news, given the stellar reputations of the people Donald J. Trump surrounds himself with, there’s this:

The Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court records unsealed Tuesday in federal court…. According to the court records, at the end of this summer, a filter team, used to make sure prosecutors don’t receive tainted evidence that should have been kept from them because it was privileged, had more than 50 digital devices including iPhones, iPads, laptops, thumb drives, and computer drives after investigators raided the unidentified offices.

Prosecutors told the court they wanted permission to the filter team’s holdings. The prosecutors believed the devices revealed emails that showed allegedly criminal activity, including a “secret lobbying scheme” and a bribery conspiracy that offered “a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence” for a convicted defendant whose name is redacted, according to the redacted documents…. The White House declined to comment on the court filing.

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