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H.J.Res. 8: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States limiting the pardon power of the President.

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About the resolution

Should Congress rein in President Trump’s ability to pardon himself and those closest to him?


Trump has considered pardoning family members, advisors, and even himself. Since a pardon can occur before a guilty plea, a trial, or even an indictment, such a move could proactively head off any potential trials or jail sentences.

To date, Trump has pardoned or commuted sentences for eight people. Although none of them were family, administration officials, or himself, Democrats worry that such a move may potentially be coming.

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Sponsor and status

Steve Cohen

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

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 3, 2019

Introduced on Jan 3, 2019

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 3, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.



Jan 3, 2019

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H.J.Res. 8 is 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.

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