This actually makes a lot of sense, and is the only thing that explains Rudy Giuliani willing to debase himself to the extent that he has. A pre-emptive pardon, plus $20K a day, or even just the pre-emptive pardon, would be sufficient consideration for somebody like Rudy to shatter what remaining shards of dignity he might possess, and pollute the political narrative in the country, because it saves his own skin. So screw America and screw democracy, me first. And that’s what Trump and Giuliani have been discussing. New York Times:
Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer who has led the most extensive efforts to damage his client’s political rivals and undermine the election results, discussed with the president as recently as last week the possibility of receiving a pre-emptive pardon before Mr. Trump leaves office, according to two people told of the discussion.
It was not clear who raised the topic. The men have also talked previously about a pardon for Mr. Giuliani, according to the people. Mr. Trump has not indicated what he will do, one of the people said.
Mr. Giuliani’s potential criminal exposure is unclear. He was under investigation as recently as last summer by federal prosecutors in Manhattan for his business dealings in Ukraine and his role in ousting the American ambassador there, a plot that was at the heart of the impeachment of Mr. Trump. […]
Such a broad pardon pre-empting any charge or conviction is highly unusual but does have precedent. George Washington pardoned plotters of the Whiskey Rebellion, shielding them from treason prosecutions. In the most famous example, Gerald R. Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon for all of his actions as president. Jimmy Carter pardoned thousands of American men who illegally avoided the draft for the Vietnam War.
Well, there you have it, friends. This is why our government has been laid siege to by the most corrupt cabal of crooks and liars in the history of American politics. They all know that no matter what they do, Donald will just make it go away with the stroke of a pen. This pardon power seriously needs to be looked at, in case another demagogue in the future gets hold of the reins like this one did. This is a serious chink in the armor of this republic.