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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Pascrell pushes resolution on Trump Pardons

By Nikita Biryukov, June 08 2018 5:11 pm

Rep. Bill Pascrell wants the Department of Justice and the White House to share documents and other information relating to pardons issued or considered by President Donald Trump.

Pascrell and California Rep. Ted Lieu on Friday introduced a House resolution of inquiry that would request Trump share such information and direct Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do the same.

“Demonstrating the seriousness of issuing pardons, the Justice Department uses an elaborate vetting process. Obtaining a pardon used to be extraordinarily difficult. Which it should be. Yet, Donald Trump has dismissed any pretense of process,” the congressmen said in a joint statement. “He has issued pardons to convicted felons who have never expressed contrition. Reports indicate he has openly discussed pardons for former contestants on The Apprentice, his aides, and his family members.”

In recent days, the president has issued a spate of highly-publicized pardons, including ones to Martha Stewart and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt of court for willfully violating court orders to stop the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s racial profiling practices.

The mostly-symbolic move by Pascrell and Lieu is unlikely to get anywhere, as Republicans control both the House and the House Judiciary Committee. Though, if the latter does not act on the resolution within 14 days, it’ll be sent to the House floor for a vote, which House Republicans may wish to avoid.

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