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house Bill H.R. 1348

Should the President Have to Make Information About Pardons and Reprieves Public?

Argument in favor

The president shouldn’t be able to issue pardons and reprieves without notifying the public, especially if they’re issuing pardons related to an investigation they or their associates may be involved in.

burrkitty's Opinion
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03/29/2019
If you want to bypass our laws and circumvent the courts, you damn well better be prepared to EXPLAIN YOURSELF.
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Chickie's Opinion
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03/29/2019
Transparency, transparency, transparency! Let’s make the Congressional position on presidential pardons perfectly clear. Given that this administration‘s back door practices are at the very least suspect, most times corrupt and deceitful, the American public deserves to know all the details. There is an unbalance of power with #45’s presidency. Too many times he over-steps the boundaries of the Executive Office. It’s time the Bozo-in-Chief is educated on the Constitution and the balance of powers.
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John's Opinion
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03/29/2019
If convicted offenders are pardoned, the public should know the details. We live in a nation ruled by law, and if convicted people are let go we should know.
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Argument opposed

The president isn’t required to make information about pardons and reprieves public, and it’s not clear that Congress has the constitutional authority to require that they be disclosed. This bill is purely political.

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03/29/2019
This is anti Trump politics. If it wasn’t necessary during obama, then it isn’t necessary now.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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03/29/2019
WHY SHOULD HE? PAST DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS DIDN’T. The president isn’t required to make information about pardons and reprieves public, and it’s not clear that Congress has the constitutional authority to require that they be disclosed. This bill is purely political. SneakyPete.......... 🤷‍♀️🤷🏼‍♂️🤷‍♀️🤷🏼‍♂️. 3*29*19..........
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Miles's Opinion
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03/29/2019
The great Democrat & media past time: speculation based in usually false talking points & gaslighting about something that hasn’t happened yet, or ever, to sway opinion in their favor on a potentially nonexistent issue. Almost all crimes were products of an investigation that was illegally started-they just wanted to bankrupt & ruin these people.
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      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 25th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1348?

This bill would require the Attorney General to publish information about pardons or reprieves granted by the president in the Federal Register and on the president’s official website within three days of being granted. The information would include the person’s name, the date on which the reprieve or pardon was issued, and the full text of the reprieve or pardon. There is currently no requirement for the president to publish information about pardons or reprieves.

Impact

The public; the Attorney General; and the President.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1348

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to require that all presidential pardons be disclosed to the public within three days of their issuance. This bill's reintroduction came amidst Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of President Trump and Trump "dangling" potential pardons for witnesses such as Paul Manafort:

“Our country deserves to know when and how our President has exercised his power to pardon. Presidential pardons should be transparent and that’s why I’m proud to reintroduce the Presidential Pardon Transparency Act to establish that principle in law and guarantee that our country will know if our President is using this power to sabotage the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

Last Congress, Rep. Krishnamoorthi introduced this bill to require that all presidential pardons be disclosed to the public within three days of being granted:

“[This bill] will require the White House to disclose all the President’s pardons to guarantee transparency and to prevent President Trump, or anyone who succeeds him, from issuing secret pardons. There is currently no requirement that the President disclose pardons, even as he has reportedly weighed using them to sabotage Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. The President has the power to pardon but the American people have the right to know how and when he has. The Presidential Pardon Transparency Act will establish this principle in law.”

This bill has 20 Democratic cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, it had 37 Democratic cosponsors in the House and didn't receive a committee vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Tim Evanson via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Presidential Pardon Transparency Act of 2019

Official Title

To require the publication of the name of any person pardoned by the President, and for other purposes.

    If you want to bypass our laws and circumvent the courts, you damn well better be prepared to EXPLAIN YOURSELF.
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    This is anti Trump politics. If it wasn’t necessary during obama, then it isn’t necessary now.
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    Transparency, transparency, transparency! Let’s make the Congressional position on presidential pardons perfectly clear. Given that this administration‘s back door practices are at the very least suspect, most times corrupt and deceitful, the American public deserves to know all the details. There is an unbalance of power with #45’s presidency. Too many times he over-steps the boundaries of the Executive Office. It’s time the Bozo-in-Chief is educated on the Constitution and the balance of powers.
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    If convicted offenders are pardoned, the public should know the details. We live in a nation ruled by law, and if convicted people are let go we should know.
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    No one trusts the government right now. That’s because of closed door meetings and policy, and deals. The only and I mean only way to restore trust at any level of the government, especially the executive branch is through absolute transparency. Open all the doors and shine a bright PUBLIC light on everything that office does which is not a matter of national security and God help you if you claim something is that is later found not to have been.
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    Yes! It’s just legal cheating. No one else gets pardoned for their crimes. How many African American families have been torn apart for decades over a tiny amount of marijuana? You don’t see them getting pardoned.
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    Any president should be required to make public pardons and reprieves that he/she dictates, especially Trump since he is such a crook.
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    WHY SHOULD HE? PAST DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS DIDN’T. The president isn’t required to make information about pardons and reprieves public, and it’s not clear that Congress has the constitutional authority to require that they be disclosed. This bill is purely political. SneakyPete.......... 🤷‍♀️🤷🏼‍♂️🤷‍♀️🤷🏼‍♂️. 3*29*19..........
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    Absolutely
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    Transparency!
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    The great Democrat & media past time: speculation based in usually false talking points & gaslighting about something that hasn’t happened yet, or ever, to sway opinion in their favor on a potentially nonexistent issue. Almost all crimes were products of an investigation that was illegally started-they just wanted to bankrupt & ruin these people.
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    I strongly support this bill. We need more transparency in the federal government.
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    The president should not be given the authority to pardon his comrades while thousands remain incarcerated. This practice just reinforces the unfair justice system in our country.
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    I also think the basis for the pardon should be offered - Something more than “I wanted to. I can. I did.” Pardons should, in my opinion, arise from extraordinary circumstances such as newly discovered information, wrongful or questionable conviction, likely bias on the part of the judge or jury, or an unusually harsh sentence. Previous presidents have treated pardons with appropriate gravity, but we can no longer apparently rely on that. Please support this.
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    Did Obama?
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    We see the corruption and we will resist 🖕Susan Collins of Maine
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    One of the positive outcomes of the fiasco that is the current administration is that we now know FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE how much chaos and damage can be heaped on our country and our government when corrupt individuals gain access to the Presidency! This is a BIG RED FLAG to us that we must learn from this and put in place laws that will prevent a recurrence of this violation of our country’s governance. Requiring report by the Attorney General of any pardons by a President will serve to discourage any holder of that office from attempting to use bribery to manipulate members of their WH team or for any other reason.
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    Without question, THIS president especially should have any pardon ability carefully scrutinized, as he has a very long, littered track-record for skirting the law. Truth be told, he should be blocked from pardoning anyone.
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    This president is making it very clear that we need more transparency in the presidency as a whole
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    Nope. It’s been done and a lot of evil bastards have been pardoned in the last week of a presidents time in office. Either the president can or can’t. We don’t need every law having an addenda to it. The government already is dysfunctional enough. Let’s reform prison. Feed our poor. Rebuild infrastructure. Rebuild the VA. Then worry about a once every 4-8 year issue.
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