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      House Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 18th, 2018

What is it?

This bill — the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act — would aim to prevent the president from abusing the pardon power by pardoning someone in connection with an investigation in which the president or their family member is a target, subject, or witness. It would require the Attorney General to provide all evidence from the federal investigation into the recipient of the pardon to Congress.

Impact

Potential recipients of presidential pardons; and the president.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced this bill to prevent the president from abusing the pardon power for their personal benefit or to obstruct justice:

“President Trump already has signaled that he is willing to use his constitutional powers in order to protect those who remain loyal to him even if they are convicted of obstruction or perjury. By pardoning Scooter Libby.. Trump has sent a clear and unmistakable message to potential witnesses against him or members of his family that: ‘if you have my back, I’ll have yours.’ At a time of constitutional peril, it is incumbent on the Congress to stand up for the rule of law by creating a strong disincentive to the president issuing pardons to protect himself and obstruct ongoing investigations.”

This legislation has the support of 29 cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: JTSorrell / iStock)

AKA

Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act

Official Title

To direct the Attorney General to submit to Congress investigative materials in the event of certain pardons granted by the President, and for other purposes.

    I'm always for more transparency. We have the right to know what's going on in our government. I would prefer it if this was required for all presidential pardons, but I'm glad this bill covers the cases with the most potential for corrupt bias. Those opposed are upset that this bill is pointed at Trump, but they should remember that it will still be in effect after his term ends. Whether or not you trust the current president is irrelevant; eventually, there will be a president you don't trust, so everyone should support this check.
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    We are trying to prevent Trump from pardoning his partners in crime with this. While there have been pardons of question with past presidents, Trump will wield pardons like weapons if necessary to survive. Until Trump, we trusted presidents to pardon reasonably, and we can after Trump. This guy is a one off loser and let’s not destroy the presidency with laws aimed at curtailing Trump, let’s destroy Trump with the 2018 election.
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    We must restore the dignity of the American presidency. The president should not have the option to pardon people for crimes in which he or she either participated in, or benefited from. If, unfortunately, a bill must be passed to protect our country from corruption, so be it.
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    Promising a pardon to your coconspirators is a form of corruption. It corrupts the presidency. This bill guards us from the possibility of a corrupt president. No honest president need fear this bill.
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    The United States has relied on established norms and the honor of our presidents to prevent the abuse of the presidential pardon. After the pardon of Arpaio and Libby, along with the many inappropriate, unfounded statements from Donald J Trump it should be apparent to every American, despite political affiliation, that we must aggressively protect the checks and balances our forefathers created. We cannot allow for a precedent to be set whereby a President can pardon his friends, family or associates because of who they are or what they may say to incriminate him.
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    It’s a shame that our democracy has sunk to the point were a bill like this needs to be passed... but it does. 
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    NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW Pardons should not be used to avoid consequences of actions by 45, his family or his cronies. If they are pardoned from punishment, all information resulting from any investigation should be released to the public. Accepting a pardon is legally admission of guilt. Those who do things that qualify for pardons should at least be accountable to the public for their actions through release of all data arising from any investigation that leads to indictment and pardon. THESE PROPLE ARE SUPPOSEDLY SERVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. If they have wrongfully benefitted from that service the public has a right to know the details.
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    This Administration is so corrupt that we need a law to prevent him from pardoning those who conspired against America? Indeed we do. The GOP is trying to replace our 3 branch system of Government with the Unified Republican Government (Ryan) and will stop at nothing to achieve that goal.
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    Adam, “Shifty” Schiff will do anything to reduce Presidential powers under this President. Every President thereafter has their powers reduced. Everyone should concern themselves with that. You Libs had no problem when, according to Wikipedia, Clinton pardoned Marc Rich: “Marc Rich (born Marcell David Reich; December 18, 1934 – June 26, 2013) was an international commodities trader, hedge fund manager, financier and businessman.[1] He was best known for receiving a pardon by former President Clinton in the United States from federal charges related to violating sanctions against his oil and commodity trades with Iran. He was in Switzerland at the time of the indictment and never returned to the United States.[2] He received a presidential pardon from U.S. President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, Clinton's last day in office.[3] His wife Denise had made large contributions to the Democratic Party, to Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign, and to the Clinton Library foundation during Bill Clinton's presidency.” The only corruption here, is the morally bankrupt souls of the Democrat Party. So Shifty, stop trying to diminish the powers of the Presidency. You lost. Pull up your big boy knickers and get over it.
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    Don't reward a corrupt administration. A President offering to pardon one of his corrupt cronies in return for not incriminating him is blatant obstruction of justice. Pass this bill and protect American Democracy. ....,,,,,or don't pass it and just start planting a banana tree plantation on the White House lawn!
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    I doubt that the founders of the nation thought that this power would be abused. Now we have to clarify.
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    The president shouldn’t be able to pardon people in connection with investigations in which s/he or a family member is a target, subject, or witness. If they try to, Congress should have access to evidence from the investigation.
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    From how it reads, this doesn’t limit the Presidents pardon powers, it just gives the people more insight into who is pardoned. I see zero wrong with that. I’d take it a step further and do the same for every pardon regardless of whether the President or his family has tied to them or not.
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    Anything to interfere with the current President seems to be the focus of some members of the Congress. How about sticking to your Article I responsibility.
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    Just Because he’s the President doesn’t mean he’s above the law.
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    I am so tired of the layers of do something for me and I’ll do something for you in government. We need full transparency and for elected officials to serve with a true desire to create a safe, strong and fair country for everyone.
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    A pardon is a pardon. Live with it lefties! No one was complaining when Obama pardoned actual criminals though, right??
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    Why do we have presidential pardons anyway? If somebody has done something wrong, they should pay the price... including presidents. NO ONE should be above the law!!!
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    This is absolutely necessary. I expect my Republican House Rep to add his name to the list of co sponsors.
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    Support this bill to prevent president from using his pardon power to obstruct justice.
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