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H.J.Res. 115 (115th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to clarify the presidential pardoning power.

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About the resolution

The _Washington Post _bombshell report that President Donald Trump is considering pardoning his closest family, advisors, and potentially even himself caused a firestorm on Capitol Hill in mid-July.

Two new pieces of legislation would prevent Trump from pardoning himself and issuing secret pardons, both actions which are (under most prevailing legal interpretations) currently allowed under federal law.

Context

Although a president has the legal power to absolve any individual of a crime, no president has ever attempted using the power on themselves. The constitutionality of such a move is questionable and would likely be determined by the Supreme Court.

Yet Trump is reportedly considering doing so in advance of any official conclusions from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into the 2016 Trump campaign’s possible collusion with ...

Sponsor and status

Al Green

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 27, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Introduced
Jul 27, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on July 27, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Cosponsors

3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)

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History

Jul 27, 2017
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.J.Res. 115 (115th) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.J.Res. 115. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This joint resolution was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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