U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler | Press Release

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Chairman Nadler Announces Markup to Address President Trump's Abuse of Pardon Power

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Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nader (D-NY) announced that the Committee will respond to President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone in a markup scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM.

Chairman Nadler released the following statement on the markup:

“President Trump and his friend Roger Stone did what they said they would do.  Stone misled federal investigators, intimidated a witnesses, and was convicted for obstruction of justice—but would not testify to the President’s wrongdoing.  In exchange, President Trump made sure that Stone will never spend a day in prison.  This quid pro quo is unacceptable.  Congress must act.

“When the committee meets on July 23, we will consider two measures.  The first, H.R. 1627, the Abuse of the Pardon Power Prevention Act, will allow us a measure of transparency into the President’s power to pardon federal crimes and commute federal sentences.  If the President uses the powers of his office to shield himself and his family from federal investigations, then the investigators at the Department of Justice should provide us with the materials related to the underlying offense.  The second bill we will consider, H.R. 2678, the No President is Above the Law Act, is also straightforward.  While the President is in office, we should pause the clock on the statute of limitations for any crimes he may have committed.  Re-election should not be a get-out-of-jail-free card.

“These are commonsense, good government reforms made necessary by this President’s conduct but applicable to anyone who may hold the office in the future.  In this country, no one is above the law—not President Trump, and not presidents to come.”

Full details of the markup can be found below:

Date:              July 23, 2020

Time:             10:00 a.m. ET

Location:       Congressional Auditorium
                       U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
                       Washington, D.C.             

Livestream:     The markup will stream live here.

Media Guidance: Congressionally-credentialed members of the media wishing to attend the markup in person should RSVP to HouseJudiciaryDemPress@mail.house.gov by 6 p.m. on July 22, 2020. Editorial presence will be limited due to social distancing requirements. 

NOTE: The Committee on the Judiciary is following guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician (OAP) and the House Sergeant at Arms. The OAP recommends all individuals maintain 6-foot social distance spacing as much as practicable when in the Capitol Complex. Additionally, on the advice of the OAP, the use of a face covering is required for all attendees of this proceeding. The general public will not be allowed to attend in person, however, the markup will be streamed live.