House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Homeland Security Over Trump Pardons
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced the Committee has served a subpoena on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for documents relating to the President’s multiple alleged attempts to offer pardons to officials carrying out his illegal and cruel immigration policies. Specifically, the subpoena requires the production of documents related to March 21, 2019, and April 5, 2019 meetings between the President and DHS Officials where pardons were reportedly discussed. The subpoena also requires documents and communications referring to presidential pardons for potential violations of federal law relating to the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws or the construction of a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. This subpoena also represents another step in the Committee’s investigation into obstruction of justice and abuses of power by the President as it looks to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment.
Chairman Nadler released the following statement:
“The dangling of pardons by the President to encourage government officials to violate federal law would constitute another reported example of the President’s disregard for the rule of law. Such a troubling pattern of obstruction of justice would represent a continuation of the misconduct identified in the Mueller Report. The Framers did not envision the use of the presidential pardon power to encourage criminal acts at the President’s direction. As the Committee continues its investigation into whether to recommend articles of impeachment, it is imperative that we are able to obtain information about ongoing presidential misconduct and abuses of power.
“In the coming months the Committee intends to hold hearings and conduct additional oversight related to the issue of pardons as we move forward with our investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption, and abuses of power by the President. This information sought today and the hearings that follow will help the Committee determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies against the President.”
The Committee first wrote to the Department about alleged pardon dangling on April 16, 2019 and followed up with a second letter on May 29, 2019. After the Department refused to provide any additional information in subsequent conversations, the Committee authorized on July 11, 2019 the issuance of subpoenas related to “discussions about or offers of presidential pardons to Department of Homeland Security officials or employees.”