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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Reintroduces The Presidential Pardon Transparency Act To Prevent The President From Issuing Secret Pardons

January 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi reintroduced the Presidential Pardon Transparency Act which would require that all Presidential pardons be disclosed to the public within three days of being issued. Congressman Krishnamoorthi’s reintroduction comes after President Trump issued a wave of pardons to personal associates during his remaining weeks in office and reportedly inquired as to whether he could issue preemptive pardons for family members and even himself. Notably, Presidential pardons can be granted preemptively, before any charges are even filed, and there is currently no legal requirement for the President to disclose such pardons. The Presidential Pardon Transparency Act would increase the accountability that Presidents have to the public.

“We have seen President Trump use the pardon power to dole out favors to his personal associates rather than for its intended purpose and through its usual channels, and as a result, we realize just how important transparency is to this presidential activity,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi said. “The Presidential Pardon Transparency Act ensures that every presidential pardon is disclosed to the public in a timely manner, so that the American people know exactly how their president is using his office.”