House Judiciary to consider bills to rein in Trump's pardon power

House Judiciary to consider bills to rein in Trump's pardon power

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill Jim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' House Judiciary split on how to address domestic extremism MORE (D-N.Y.) announced Friday that the panel will mark up two bills next week intended to rein in President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE's pardon powers, a move that comes a week after Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime ally Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Nearly a quarter of Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 included misinformation: analysis MORE.

The first of the proposed measures to be taken up next Thursday would force the Justice Department to share with Congress files from pardons tied to investigations of the president, according to Nadler's announcement. The second measure, the No President is Above the Law Act, would pause the statute of limitations for a president's crimes committed during or before their presidency.

“President Trump and his friend Roger Stone did what they said they would do. Stone misled federal investigators, intimidated witnesses, and was convicted for obstruction of justice — but would not testify to the President’s wrongdoing. In exchange, President Trump made sure that Stone will never spend a day in prison," Nadler said in a statement. "This quid pro quo is unacceptable. Congress must act."


The development follows the White House announcement last week that Trump had granted clemency for Stone, a campaign adviser for his 2016 White House bid who had been sentenced to more than three years in prison in connection with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s Russia investigation.

Stone was convicted last year of lying to Congress in connection with its investigation into Moscow's election interference, witness tampering and obstructing an official proceeding.

Trump commuted Stone's sentence four days before the Republican operative was set to report to prison. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement last week announcing the commutation, painting Stone as “a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.”

The move has drawn backlash from Democrats, who call it an abuse of power.

“President Trump has engaged in countless acts that are both self-serving and destructive to our democracy while in office, but commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, a crony who lied and obstructed our investigation to protect Trump himself, is among the most offensive to the rule of law and principles of justice,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said last week.

—Updated at 7:26 p.m.