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.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
House Committee on the JudiciaryIntroducedApril 18th, 2018
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What is it?
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.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: JTSorrell / iStock)