So I see Trump is raising trial balloons to see how a pardon for Roger Stone goes over. I bet his lawyers are begging him NOT to do it. If Stone accepted such a pardon, it would mean he has to admit guilt. Then he has no claim on a Fifth Amendment right to refuse to testify about his crimes. If he did commit those crimes, it implicates Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator. He could be the star witness at Trump's trial after January.

It's a terrible idea to pardon your fellow conspirators. Let's hope he's stupid enough to do it.