Lawmakers request information on reported pardon for acting DHS secretary

Lawmakers request information on reported pardon for acting DHS secretary
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Three lawmakers on Tuesday requested information on whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE offered to pardon acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan if McAleenan broke any laws while implementing Trump's immigration policies.  

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerWhy are we permitting federal child abuse at our border? Trump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as committee members Reps. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenAl Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Ann Coulter offers rare praise for Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib MORE (D-Calif.) and Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment How Trump suddenly brought Democrats together on a resolution condemning him The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE (D-Tenn.), requested the information from McAleenan, according to a copy of the letter published by CNN. 

"These allegations, if true, would represent a grave breach of the duties of the President," the letter said.  

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Trump told McAleenan he ”would pardon him if he ever went to jail for denying U.S. entry to migrants,” CNN reported Saturday, citing two officials briefed on the exchange. The New York Times reported that Trump asked McAleenan to close the border and told the acting secretary that he would pardon him if the directive caused him legal problems. 

"The reported discussion between you, President Trump, and other Department personnel follows a troubling pattern of conduct that has emerged over the past two years that appears to demonstrate that President Trump views the pardon power as a political tool, or even worse, as an expedient mechanism for circumventing the law or avoiding the consequences of his own conduct," the lawmakers wrote.

They gave McAleenan until April 30 to provide the information and also requested that he and other officials who may be familiar with the reported exchange testify before Congress. 

White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBiden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' Trump directs Pentagon to develop policy allowing service academy athletes to go pro right away MORE Sanders denied the allegations that Trump offered McAleenan a pardon and that he asked him to close the border. 

McAleenan became acting DHS secretary after Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities MORE resigned form the agency's top job earlier this month. He was previously serving as Customs and Border Protection commissioner.