As of the date of the pardon, past acts of conspiracy could no longer be prosecuted. But if Trump blocked investigations after the pardon, he would be committing fresh acts of obstruction—which the pardon could not have covered. According to Samuel W. Moreover, the pardon itself may be a criminal act under federal law. In his wickedly entertaining book, Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies, Brian Kalt, a Michigan State University law professor, imagined a president who pardoned himself regularly to cover all illegal acts committed since the previous pardon; each successive pardon would cover the previous pardon.
Eventually, one self-pardon would have to be the final one, and thus not pardonable by the president himself. The self-pardoner would be one pardon short of home free. Pretty clever, except for two problems. Even if he fires Mueller, regular U. Second, Trump would leave office the day after that midnight pardon—and its consequences would then depend on his successor.
A Democratic president might feel compelled by the party base to pursue prosecution despite a pardon. Even a Republican successor might be reluctant to block an investigation that turned up genuine crimes. The attorney general for a new administration could begin with an investigation of the pardon itself, then probe pre-pardon conduct, and then indict Trump for any crimes that turn up, arguing that a self-pardon is void.
Trump would plead the pardon and move to dismiss the charges—and the issue would swiftly move to the Supreme Court. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich probably thinks so. He has an uphill fight to restore his reputation with the public. To be properly cynical, this justice might see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dispel the cloud on his image by voting against Trump.
Adam Serwer: Trump is running out of alibis. Ordinarily, pardons—even those granted before trial or indictment—cover specific offenses the recipient has committed or may have committed. Upholding such a broad pardon would be quite a lot to ask of Supreme Court justices, even those who owe their seats to Trump.
The five votes he needs might be hard to get. As Jeffrey Crouch points out , the use of pardons for raw personal and political advantage has become routine since the Nixon years. In late , as President George H. Bush prepared to leave office, he and many of his associates were still under investigation by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh for their conduct during the Reagan-era operation that sold arms to Iran and illegally funneled the proceeds to guerrillas in Nicaragua. Four defendants had pleaded guilty or had been convicted, and two were facing trial, and new evidence had set off speculation that Walsh might summon Bush to testify before a federal grand jury—creating jeopardy of prosecution for perjury or worse.
A few weeks before Bush left office, the veteran political columnist Dan Schorr wrote a column for The Baltimore Sun , musing on whether Bush was considering self-pardon to spare himself prosecution by Walsh. Happyface by Stephen Emond "After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself. The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon "Yanked out of his city life and plunked down into a small Montana town with his father and his father's boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Ben, angry and resentful about the changed circumstances of his life, begins to notice that something is not quite right with the little boy next door and determines to do something about it.
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As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins "A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck. Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli "Will Tuppence's life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his little sister and two closest friends.
Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft "As Seattle sixteen-year-old Jonathan helps a dying man come to terms with a tragic event he experienced during World War II, Jonathan begins facing his own demons, especially the death of his twin brother, helped by an assortment of friends, old and new. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne "Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in , Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
The King's Arrow by Michael Cadnum "In England's New Forest on the second day of August, , eighteen-year-old Simon Foldre, delighted to be allowed to participate in a royal hunt as squire to the Anglo-Norman nobleman Walter Tirel, finds his future irrevocably altered when, during the hunt, he witnesses the possible murder of King William II.
Annexed by Sharon Dogar "A retelling of the story of Anne Frank imagines life in the secret annex from the perspective of Peter, who overcomes an initial loathing for the precocious young diarist before falling in love with her and questioning his faith in light of frightening persecutions. Once by Morris Gleitzman " After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents. Heart of a Samurai : Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus "In , rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.
Sovay by Celia Rees "In England, the rich and beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father's arrest for treason, and soon her newly-awakened political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution. I had seen Castles by Cynthia Rylant "Now an old man, John is haunted by memories of enlisting to fight in World War II, a decision which forced him to face the horrors of war and changed his life forever.
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli "A street child, known to himself only as Stopthief, finds community when he is taken in by a band of orphans in Warsaw ghetto which helps him weather the horrors of the Nazi regime. In the Middle of the Night by Robert Cormier "Sixteen-year-old Denny lives in the shadow of a deadly accident with which his father was connected when he was Denny's age, a disaster for which some of the survivors still blame his father. The Enemy by Charlie Higson "After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.
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Feathered by Laura Kasischke "While on Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico, high-school seniors and best friends Anne and Michelle accept the wrong ride and Michelle is lost--seemingly forever. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause "Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom. MacHal "Sixteen-year-old Marshall Seaver is expecting a boring summer when his best friend goes away, but instead he finds himself haunted--and hunted--by ghosts that want something from him which he cannot decipher.
The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer "In Mallory, New York, as five sisters, aged eleven to seventeen, deal with assorted problems, conflicts, fears, and yearnings, a mysterious middle-aged man watches them, fascinated, deciding which one he likes the best. Bliss by Lauren Myracle "Having grown up in a California commune, Bliss sees her aloof grandmother's Atlanta world as a foreign country, but she is determined to be nice as a freshman at an elite high school, which makes her the perfect target for Sandy, a girl obsessed with the occult.
The Waking : Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall "After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kara and her father move to Japan, where he teaches and she attends school, but she is haunted by a series of frightening nightmares and deaths that might be revenge--or something worse. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi. Afrika by Colleen Craig "Traveling to South Africa with her journalist mother, thirteen-year-old Kim finds her life forever changed as she explores the country's diverse and often shocking history, while trying to unlock the secret that has always kept her from knowing her father.
Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You by Hanna Jansen "Jeanne and her family, who are Tutsis living in Rwanda during a time of civil war, flee their home in hopes of evading Hutu soldiers as political events threaten to overtake them. Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim "Nina Khan is not just the only Asian or Muslim student in her small-town high school in upstate New York, she is also faces the legacy of her 'Supernerd' older sister, body hair, and the pain of having a crush when her parents forbid her to date.
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger "In the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks on September 11, , Samar, who is of Punjabi heritage but has been raised with no knowledge of her past by her single mother, wants to learn about her family's history and to get in touch with the grandparents her mother shuns.
Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins "Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner Steve, fifteen-year-old Jazz must spend the summer away from him when her family goes to India during that country's rainy season to help set up a clinic. Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins "In when her father leaves New Delhi, India, to seek a job in New York, Ashi, a tomboy at the advanced age of sixteen, feels thwarted in the home of her extended family in Calcutta where she, her mother, and sister must stay, and when her father dies before he can send for them, they must remain with their relatives and observe the old-fashioned traditions that Ashi hates.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang "Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format. Wolf Rider : A Tale of Terror by Avi "After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, fifteen-year-old Andy finds his close relationship with his father crumbling as he struggles to make everyone believe him.
The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon by Sara Beitia "When seventeen-year-old Albert Morales's girlfriend Lily goes missing and he is the main suspect in her disappearance, he must deflect the worries of his angry parents, the suspicions of the police, and Lily's dangerous stepfather as Albert desperately tries to find her, with her sister as his only ally. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk "When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.
The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford "After getting a job in the local morgue after his senior year, Christopher's life is forever changed when he discovers a murder cover-up, gets involved in a dangerous investigation, and becomes partners with an attractive newspaper reporter whose ambitious nature puts them both in great danger.
The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman "Silvano and Chiara, teens sent to live in a friary and a nunnery in Renaissance Italy, are drawn to one another and dream of a future together, but when murders are committed in the friary, they must discover who is behind the crimes before they can realize their love. All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab "After the death of his ex-girlfriend Carly, northern California high school student Neily joins forces with Carly's cousin Audrey to try to solve her murder.
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Death Cloud by Andrew Lane "In , with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain. The Boxer and the Spy by Robert B. Parker "After uncovering some dangerous facts about the dead high school student that washed up on the shore, fifteen-year-old Terry is certain that he didn't die of a suicide and now finds himself in the dangerous sights of those who didn't want the truth to be known.
Abby helps Maya escape. But when Abby begins investigating the death, she find that you can't trust anyone, not even the people you think you know. The Afterlife by Gary Soto "A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance. Discover the stories behind their Legendary Tricks and learn how to do the tricks yourself.
Skin : The Bare Facts by Lori Bergamotto "Presents an overview on skin types, methods for treating common problems, and tips for skin care and makeup application. But their words did. Each diary reveals one voice, one teenager coping with the impossible. These stark accounts of how five young people faced the worst of human evil are a testament, and an inspiration, to the best of the human soul. Do Not Open by John Farndon "Presents a collection of unusual facts, secrets, and unsolved mysteries from around the world, from Paris' hidden tunnels, to the mystery of the the Roswell crash site in New Mexico, and to secret documents contained in the Vatican library.
What every story has in common is that each was written about the author's own life, and that each is the exact same length: six words. No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin "In their own voices--raw and uncensored--inmates sentenced to death as teenagers talk about their lives in prison, and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there. Susan Kuklin also gets inside the system, exploring capital punishment itself and the intricacies and inequities of criminal justice in the United States.
Teen Cuisine by Matthew Locricchio "Presents more than fifty recipes for teenagers who want to cook, with detailed instructions and advice on ingredients, kitchen equipment, and cooking techniques. Chinese Cinderella : The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah "When her mother dies giving birth to her, Adeline is considered bad luck by her family, thus when her father's new wife begins to treat her poorly while spoiling the others, Adeline can turn to no one for comfort and must endure the difficult times on her own, in a dramatic true story of bravery and triumph over adversity.
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Hugo Fitzstephen, returning home to England from the Crusades with saddlebags of jewels, has money, and lots of it. What could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom? Well, for starters, Finnula could make the terrible mistake of falling in love with her hostage. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti "In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about 'the real ties that bind' people to one another.
But then Em lost his number and, with it, all hope of finding a real boyfriend before the end of senior year. All she knows about Ethan is his first name, that he has a supercute smile, and that he's going to a prom this month. Which high school? That's anyone's guess. A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman "Excited about the new book club she has organized, Norah is pleased with the diverse group that shows up and suddenly falls for one of the guys in the mix, but having no idea how to show him that she is interested in him, Norah decides to use their mutual interest in literature to get the romance rolling in the right direction.
Cupidity by Caroline Goode "When the gods of Mount Olympus send Cupid to an Ohio high school to help make the dreams of seventeen-year-old Laura Sweeney come true, things get a bit out of control when the old matchmaking tricks go awry. Puppy Love by Nancy Krulik "Alana, a senior in high school, whose relationship with her boyfriend seems to be changing now that he is a freshman in college, wonders if the handyman she met while on her dog-walking job might be a better match for her.
Love Off-Limits by Whitney Lyles "Natalie, who writes a romantic advice column in the school newspaper, becomes attracted to her editor, Matt, who is also her boyfriend Jeremy's best friend. The Boy of my Dreams by Dyan Sheldon "Mike and her best friend Hope breathlessly await meeting the guys of their dreams and falling in love, but after Mike thinks that she has found the perfect boy there seems to be some question of whether he is her destiny.
Candor by Pam Bachorz "For a fee, 'model teen' Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively-- sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge. Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill "On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.
Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but then Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from the other side. The voice is asking for help. Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?
The Blending Time by Michael Kinch "In the harsh world of , ravaged by plagues and environmental disasters, friends Jaym, Reya, and D'Shay are chosen to help repopulate Africa as their mandatory Global Alliance work, but civil war and mercenaries opposed to the Blending Program separate them and threaten their very lives.
Stuck on Earth by David Klass "On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy. The Unidentified by Rae Mariz "In a futuristic alternative school set in a shopping mall where video game-playing students are observed and used by corporate sponsors for market research, Katey "Kid" Dade struggles to figure out where she fits in and whether she even wants to. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien "In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.
Epitaph Road by David Patneaude "In , men are a small and controlled minority in a utopian world ruled by women, and fourteen-year-old Kellen must fight to save his father from an outbreak of the virus that killed ninety-seven percent of the male population thirty years earlier. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve "Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.
Virals by Kathy Reichs "Tory Brennan is the leader of a band of teenage 'sci-philes' who live on an island off the coast of South Carolina and when the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever. Places I never Meant to be: Original Stories by Censored Writers edited by Judy Blume "A collection of short stories accompanied by short essays on censorship by twelve authors whose works have been challenged in the past. Carter "A collection of stories about high school students from one end of the social spectrum to the other.
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Payback Time by Carl Deuker "Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he is determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field--or to discuss his past. Pop by Gordon Korman "Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.
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Boost by Kathy Mackel "Thirteen-year-old Savvy's dreams of starting for her elite basketball team are in danger when she is accused of taking steroids. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen "When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce "After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son. Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin "Phoebe befriends Mallory, an awkward new girl at school, and the two become very close, but Phoebe is unaware that Mallory is a faerie, sent to trap her into fulfilling a promise made by her ancestor to the queen of the faeries.
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Fat Vampire by Adam Rex "After being bitten by a vampire, not only is fifteen-year-old Doug doomed eternally to be fat, but now he must also save himself from the desperate host of a public-access-cable vampire-hunting television show that is on the verge of cancellation. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith "When Miranda's guardian angel Zachary recklessly saves her from falling into an open grave and dying, the result is that she turns into a vampire and he is left to try to reinstate his reputation by finally doing the right thing.
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