Rep. Al Green Tries to Stay Ahead of Trump With Bill Preventing Self-Pardons


Rep. Al Green Tries to Stay Ahead of Trump With Bill Preventing Self-Pardons

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.

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Texas Representative Al Green has introduced a bill to prevent presidents from pardoning themselves.

The bill aims to amend the Constitution to say that “the President shall have no power to grant to himself a reprieve or pardon for an offense against the United States.’’ Green, a Houston Democrat, proposed the law with support from two Democratic colleagues: Brad Sherman of California and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.
“Someday some unprincipled President might attempt to self-pardon,” Green said in a news release. He argued that the law, as it stands, “would lawfully allow the …

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