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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Reps. Bass, Green Introduce Resolution Preventing Trump From Pardoning Himself or His Family, In-laws

September 14, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) introduced a resolution along with more than 40 of their colleagues calling for a limit on the President’s ability to pardon or grant a reprieve to him or herself or members of his or her family for an offense against the United States.

“Due to the current President’s proven willingness to slander the truth and exploit legal ambiguity for personal gain, we must explicitly forbid the possibility of a pardon for himself or his family,” Rep. Bass said. “Throughout this presidency, I’ve heard from thousands of constituents concerned about pardon power. The recent pardon of Joe Arpaio only amplified those concerns. Millions of Americans face the consequences of their own unlawful actions, and they repay their debt to society. If any president of any party or their family commits federal crimes, benign or extreme, they too must suffer the consequences of their actions. I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to uphold our civic duty to protect our justice system.”

Read the full text of the resolution here.

Full list of cosponsors: Reps. Al Green (TX), Alma Adams (NC), Nanette Diaz Barragan (CA), Joyce Beatty (OH), Sanford Bishop Jr. (GA), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Brendan Boyle (PA), G.K. Butterfield (NC), John Conyers Jr. (MI), Elijah Cummings (MD), John Delaney (MD), Mark DeSaulnier (CA), Debbie Dingell (MI), Dwight Evans (PA), Marcia Fudge (OH), Ruben Gallego (AZ), Luis Gutierrez (IL), Colleen Hanabusa (HI), Jared Huffman (CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Hank Johnson (GA), Robin Kelly (IL), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL), Barbara Lee (CA), Ted Lieu (CA), Zoe Lofgren (CA), James P. McGovern (MA), Gregory Meeks (NY), Gwen Moore (WI), Cedric Richmond (LA), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE), Frank Pallone (NJ), Brad Sherman (CA), Darren Soto (FL), Bennie Thompson (MS), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ), and Frederica Wilson (FL).

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