We shouldn't accept uncritically any attempt to pardon 45 for all unspecified fed crimes he's committed, even those committed pre-presidency. There's little caselaw about pardons. We shouldn't overgeneralize its applicability to a pardon not even limited in time, as Nixon's was.
The statute of limitations for many bank crimes is 10 yrs. How might prosecutors challenge a pardon that specified no crimes & yet purported to cover any crimes Trump committed w/in the previous 10 years, even tho the pardoner didn't know what they were? Charge and litigate them.
On preemptive pardons: Except for amnesties (e.g. Carter's draft resister pardon), the only so-called preemptive pardon that did NOT involve charged crimes was Ford's pardon of Nixon. Ford pardoned Nixon for all federal crimes during his presidency, a five year period.
At the time of Ford's Nixon pardon, and, since, the pardon has been criticized as an abuse of power, possibly corrupt, and maybe invalid. Then NY Rep Elizabeth Holtzman, e.g., strongly argued that a pardon that didn't detail crimes was invalid. It was never litigated, of course.
Watch and listen carefully to Elizabeth Holtzman's questions and comments:
Elizabeth Holtzman is brilliant. Her questions have never been answered. We should make sure they get answered this time around if similar, yet even more egregious, circumstances arise.

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How would the Ga. Secy of State's statements about Graham play in court??? Well, glad you asked.

Raffensperger would be seen as extremely credible. He's a repub, who would in no way benefit from falsely providing info that puts a powerful GOP senator in a bad light. On the 1/
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