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house Bill H.R. 5551

Releasing Evidence Against the Recipient of a Presidential Pardon in Investigations Involving the President or His Family

Argument in favor

The president shouldn’t be able to pardon people in connection with investigations in which the president or a family member is a target, subject, or witness without Congress getting access to evidence from the investigation.

Michelle's Opinion
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04/29/2018
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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Thelma's Opinion
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04/29/2018
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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MinnesotaMom's Opinion
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04/29/2018
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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Argument opposed

The president has the constitutional authority to issue pardons to whomever they please and Congress would be wrong to interfere with that by requiring the disclosure of pardons stemming from investigations involving the president.

Jennifer 's Opinion
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04/29/2018
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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JTJ's Opinion
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04/29/2018
No. You all supported the Obamas and the Clintons, yet you call Trump corrupt? That is hysterical.
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BradSmith's Opinion
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04/29/2018
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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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 18th, 2018
    Support this bill to prevent president from using his pardon power to obstruct justice.
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    Some argue the pardon powers are absolute. Others argue we shouldn’t place limits on pardon powers just to rein in this particular POTUS. Both arguments are wrong. The pardon power is not absolute. It can and should be checked and this POTUS is simply delineating the ways in which it should be checked as he tries to abuse it! You don’t think pardon power should be limited? Consider for example if the president pardoned an assassin after the murderer killed his political opponents… obviously an unchecked pardon power would make the POTUS an all-powerful monarch. Pardon powers have historically almost never been abused, but could be especially if the POTUS is a shameless conman and liar trying to cover his tracks after multiple criminal acts (hence the need currently). We should make it clear, in law, that the pardon power is not limitless. If your trying to obstruct justice or abuse your power as POTUS, Congress and the Judicial will not allow it. Congress will pass laws and SCOTUS will uphold those laws limiting the executive branch trying to take over - and that should apply to all presidents, so there is no need to argue that we should hold off just because only Trump (so far) is debased enough to try, all POTUS’ should abide by these rules.
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    It is so sad that a bill like this has to be proposed and that we have a President we cannot trust to be honorable. However we need this legislation to prevent this President and future presidents from obstructing justice.
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    The President has been given that power and the only reason this is being brought up is because of liberal’s vile hatred of this President. Get on with your life and stop the vicious attacks on the President!
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    Democratic Presidents have done such similar pardons and no one ever said anything, except a verbal disgruntlement. This bill sounds like Senator Harry Reid cutting his nose off in spite of his face. This bill could do harm to any future Presidents enacting their pardon ability.
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    The president should be allowed to pardon anyone he wants. There is no way of knowing what state information a person can relay to the president.
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    This seems like a reasonable plan to hold any president of these United States to account, not just the current sitting president. There needs to be legislation in order to enforce the norms that until now had just been customary. This kind of review of presidential pardons is important for protecting our democracy from sliding towards authoritarianism.
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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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    No one, not even #45, is ABOVE the law. Every person pardoned should have their complete history of law breaking brought to light for all to see.
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    Unconstitutional! All you dimwits out there read the US Constitution Article II Section 2 First Paragraph! Schiff has severe TDS and is unable to mentally function in the Federal Government!
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    It is 100% clear that many of the intended checks and balances provided in our Constitution require some re-evaluation. Seems that this blatant nepotism ought be prohibited. I would extend this to people who had prior business dealings or partnerships in law as well. Nepotism and Cronyism are by and far the most dangerous forms of corrupt governments.
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    Checks and balances are necessary. We are dangerously close to dictatorship at this point.
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    Presidential pardons, as were seen particularly in the Presidents Clinton and Obama presidency’s, were extremely focused to their political bases AND supporters.
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    Uhhh.... yeah. This one is a no brainer.
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    Such self-serving pardons should be grounds for impeachment. This law would preserve and publicize the evidence so that if warranted that could happen.
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    Before #45 there wasn’t an issue with Presidential Pardons. However, #45 has used this privilege as he has used taxpayer monies ~ whenever he pleases. #45 used Hurricane Harvey as his smoke screen when he pardoned Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was convicted for contempt of court when on trial for his over-the-top tactics with immigrants. Further proof of #45’s agenda to spread hate for anyone of color or who speaks with an accent. Very soon a lot of #45’s family members and ‘associates’ will be facing time for acts of collusion with the Russians. It’s time we rescind this privilege as #45 has not earned it!
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    Unfortunately, this is a must in the djt era and beyond due to a person (and the possibility of another person) with zero moral compass occupying the Executive Branch.
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    We need to create buffers against potential corruption wherever possible.
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    It is a presidential perk. The only reason this is even being discussed is because the liberals have such vile hatred for making America great, and President Trump. Get over it already, the Democratic Party is fast becoming known as the cry baby party.
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    Transparency is good. More transparency is better. Transparency is what reduces corruption. Shine the light.
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