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 NadlerBy questioning Barr, Democrats unmasked their policy of betrayal Chris Wallace: Barr hearing 'an embarrassment' for Democrats: 'Just wanted to excoriate him' Apple posts blowout third quarter MORE (D-N.Y.) announced Friday that the panel will mark up two bills next week intended to rein in President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE's pardon powers, a move that comes a week after Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime ally Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneHow would a Biden Justice Department be different? Matt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid Barr: The left 'believes in tearing down the system' 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 SchiffNewsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat Here's who could fill Kamala Harris's Senate seat if she becomes VP Democrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said last week.

—Updated at 7:26 p.m.