Congress' Power To Regulate Presidential Pardons Is Limited

Law360 (July 30, 2020, 4:38 PM EDT) -- In partial response to President Donald Trump's offer of clemency to his close confidant Roger Stone, the House Judiciary Committee recently approved two bills to curb the president's pardon power.

One bill, authored mostly by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., would ban presidential self-pardons and require production of U.S. Department of Justice and White House documents arising "from an investigation in which the President, or a relative of the President, is a target, subject, or witness," when the president pardons someone involved. The bill also reaffirms that federal laws criminalizing bribery reach corrupt offers of pardons and commutations.

The second bill, authored...

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