“It would be unprecedented and Democrats would protest. It would probably end up at the Supreme Court,” said Ian Prior, the former deputy director of public affairs for the DOJ. “But based on the Russia investigation and the fact that Trump will be a thorn in the side of Democrats for the next four years as he determines what’s next, there’s a case to be made that he should protect himself against the new administration leveraging its DOJ or FBI against him.”…

Republicans close to the White House say there hasn’t been much chatter about a pardon. They say they’re doubtful the Biden administration would investigate a political opponent over fears it would tear the country apart.

“This wouldn’t be viewed as a legal matter, it would be viewed as overtly political,” said one Republican close to the White House. “I don’t see it. It’s horrible politics.”