Pre-emptive pardons? NYTimes.com

Felons Seeking Bush Pardon Near a Record – NYTimes.com
Such a pardon would reduce the risk that a future administration might undertake a criminal investigation of operatives or policy makers involved in programs that administration lawyers have said were legal but that critics say violated laws regarding torture and surveillance.

A pre-emptive pardon?  Can one do such a  thing?  Sheeesh.  It sounds like an admission of guilt.  How can you define the scope of it without naming the crime for which one could be prosecuted and is now immune from being charged with?

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