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H.R. 1627 (116th): Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 7, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1627


March 7, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Pallone, Miss Rice of New York, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Cohen, Mrs. Lowey, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mrs. Torres of California, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mr. Kilmer, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Welch, Ms. Speier, Ms. Waters, Mr. Rush, Mrs. Lawrence, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Rouda, Ms. Brownley of California, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Panetta, and Mr. Krishnamoorthi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To direct the Attorney General to submit to Congress investigative materials in the event of certain pardons granted by the President, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act.


Congressional oversight relating to certain pardons


Submission of information

In the event that the President grants an individual a pardon for an offense against the United States that arises from an investigation in which the President, or a relative of the President, is a target, subject, or witness, not later than 30 days after the date of such pardon, the Attorney General shall submit to the chairmen and ranking members of the appropriate congressional committees all materials of an investigation that were obtained by a United States Attorney, another Federal prosecutor, or an investigative authority of the Federal Government, relating to the offense for which the individual is so pardoned.


Treatment of information

Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure may not be construed to prohibit the disclosure of information required by subsection (a) of this section.



Subsection (a) shall apply with respect to a pardon granted by the President on or after January 20, 2017.



In this section:


The term appropriate congressional committees means—


the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate; and


if an investigation relates to intelligence or counterintelligence matters, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate.


The term pardon includes a commutation of sentence.


The term relative has the meaning given that term in section 3110(a) of title 5, United States Code.