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.
What is House Bill H.R. 1348?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1348
In-Depth: Rep. 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.”
- Sponsoring Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) Press Release
- Sponsoring Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) Dear Colleague Letter
- Sponsoring Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) Press Release (115th Congress)
- Arlington Heights Patch
- The Hill
- Nevada Law Journal Forum (Context)
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Tim Evanson via Flickr / Creative Commons)
Presidential Pardon Transparency Act of 2019
To require the publication of the name of any person pardoned by the President, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil LibertiesCommittee on the JudiciaryIntroducedFebruary 25th, 2019
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