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Top Democrats Say Not So Fast Trump, You’re Not Pardoning Anyone This Time

Earlier this year, Trump abused his executive powers when he pardoned the racist Sheriff Joe, who tortured Latinos for decades along the U.S.-Mexico border. This week, special counsel Robert Mueller turned up the heat to boiling on the Russia probe, and top Democrats don’t want to see his investigation get derailed by the president.

Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee, who serves as the Democratic ranking House member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, commented on the pardon of Sheriff Joe:

“President Trump’s pardoning of Joe Arpaio isn’t just bad, it’s dangerous.The President continues to show a callous disregard for the independence of our federal judiciary. Even worse, he did so in defense of a man who had been criminally convicted of failing to follow a court order in connection with a lawsuit involving racial profiling.”

He added, “This was not only a terrible decision, but if reports are accurate that he did not consult the Department of Justice, it was also done incredibly irresponsibly. Presidents have a duty to consult professionals and experts before taking action. Authoritarianism always starts with attacks on the press and the judiciary. We must guard against these kind of attacks against democracy. The rule of law is one of our basic precepts. We fought a revolution to place the law above men.”

Rep. Cohen just announced on Twitter:

“#manafortindictment presents need 4 Constitutional amendment 2limit (sic) presidential pardoning power, I plan to introduce the amendment Tuesday.

He also said in a statement:

“The indictment of Paul Manafort, who served as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman last year, accelerates the need to pass a Constitutional amendment limiting a president’s pardoning authority. I will be introducing the amendment on Tuesday.”

Cohen added, “If adopted, the amendment would prohibit presidents from pardoning themselves, their families, members of their administrations and individuals who worked on their presidential campaigns. The indictment makes clear that some of Manafort’s activities took place while he was working on the Trump campaign so the need is clear and present.”

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