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house Bill H.R. 3489

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.

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08/09/2017
Absolutely If we are to trust the courts and juries we must be notified when their decisions are overruled by pardons
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08/10/2017
We have a criminal madman traitor in WH ' Impeach. He is a clear and present danger.
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Judy's Opinion
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08/09/2017
I totally agree that pardons should be made public. Rubio your office is excused from responding to me. All of my efforts are going against you in the next election even if the other choice is mini- mouse. You represent your own agenda not that of the people you represent. Shameful and you are going to be voted out.
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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.

James's Opinion
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08/09/2017
Why! They become public after he pardons people anyway! Look at all the goofball drug dealers and terrorists that Obama pardoned months before leaving office! Sure it was made public! So what's your problem now? Oh yeah! Trump is in office and all the lefties want to change the game!
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MJDalio's Opinion
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08/10/2017
Stupid knuckleheads read the constitution! Article II section 2!!!Trump derangement syndrome!
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Mart's Opinion
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08/10/2017
If it ain't in the Constitution, it ain't a limit of his power
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJuly 27th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 3489?

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. 3489

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) 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 legislation has the support of 24 Democratic cosponsors in the House.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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

AKA

Presidential Pardon Transparency Act of 2017

Official Title

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

    Absolutely If we are to trust the courts and juries we must be notified when their decisions are overruled by pardons
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    Why! They become public after he pardons people anyway! Look at all the goofball drug dealers and terrorists that Obama pardoned months before leaving office! Sure it was made public! So what's your problem now? Oh yeah! Trump is in office and all the lefties want to change the game!
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    We have a criminal madman traitor in WH ' Impeach. He is a clear and present danger.
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    Yes, transparency
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    I totally agree that pardons should be made public. Rubio your office is excused from responding to me. All of my efforts are going against you in the next election even if the other choice is mini- mouse. You represent your own agenda not that of the people you represent. Shameful and you are going to be voted out.
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    He is a public official and any action not directly endangering national security should be open to public scrutiny.
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    Of course this information should be public. Otherwise it becomes a way of hiding the crimes of your cronies.
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    *coughs* transparency
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    I cannot think of any downside to increasing transparency.
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    This president especially
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    In the eye of the beholder. I certainly believe the citizens need to know why. We learned, post facto, that a former president's pardon of Marc Rich, a former hedge-fund manager who had been indicted on multiple counts of tax evasion, wire fraud and racketeering and a hefty contribution to the Clinton Foundation. Wish we had a CarFax type application back when.
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    Stupid knuckleheads read the constitution! Article II section 2!!!Trump derangement syndrome!
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    If he insists on seeing my voter information, everyone he issues pardons to should be public information as well.
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    If it ain't in the Constitution, it ain't a limit of his power
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    Absolutely...especially for this administration!
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    Unfortunately, the unprecedented corruption of the 45th "president" necessitates the passage of this bill. We can no longer trust the president, presidential advisors, or the cabinet to act in the public interest or within the law, so transparency must be mandated in law.
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    Oh the leftists still mad at Trump for winning . Tired of he double standard here . Obama did everything and anything he wAnted. Until you people see that he sold your country out we are ALL are sinking ! See how they put communist coups up and win? You play right into their hands . Sickening. Trump haters need a dose/ crash course in what Obama and Hillary , Bill, And Daddy Bush did to this country . Start with Eisenhower speech . SMH
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    As it is, there are no rules to make the president publish to whom he gives a pardon. That would is wrong on lots of fronts, but mostly it's unfair to the people who were hurt by these criminals. They deserve to be notified if these people are getting out. It needs to be public information.
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    It has been in the Presidents power to pardon since the beginning. There is a reason that it was written the way that it is. Congress needs to get to work repealing the ACA and reducing taxes and stop the political nonscence.
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    Let's have open communication.
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