Congressman Raja Krinshnamoorthi (D-IL) has introduced a new bill requiring the publication of the name of any person pardoned by the president.
H.R. 3489, also known as the Presidential Pardon Transparency Act, would require all presidential pardons to be disclosed to the public within three days of being granted. According to The Hill, the bill has 24 co-sponsors, all Democrats.
The bill comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s lawyers reportedly exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. According to the Washington Post, Trump inquired about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself. One adviser, however, said that Trump was merely curious in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority.
Krinshnamoorthi’s press release states that there is currently no legal requirement for the president to disclose his presidential pardons, despite the ability to disrupt an investigation.
“The Presidential Pardon Transparency Act will require the White House to disclose all the president’s pardons to guarantee transparency and to prevent President Trump, or anyone who succeeds him, from issuing secret pardons,” said Krishnamoorthi in the press release. “There is currently no requirement that the president disclose pardons, even as he has reportedly weighed using them to sabotage special counsel Mueller’s investigation. The president has the power to pardon but the American people have the right to know how and when he has.”
You can track the status of this bill here.