Democrats Unveil Constitutional Amendment Preventing Trump From Pardoning Himself and Family
While any attempt to pardon himself or even his family members would likely be met with court challenges, Democrats want to make sure that Trump doesn’t even consider making such moves.
In a constitutional amendment introduced by Tennessee Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen last night, Democrats seek to limit Trump’s pardon power.
“Presidents should not pardon themselves, their families, their administration or campaign staff,” Cohen said in a statement. “This constitutional amendment would expressly prohibit this and any future president, from abusing the pardon power.”
The amendment would prevent the president from pardoning himself or his family members, who many Democrats believe could be indicted later this year. In fact, even Donald Trump Jr. has expressed concern to friends that he may be indicted soon.
Cohen also introduced another constitutional amendment which would remove the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States.
It’s important to note that any constitutional amendment would require a two-thirds vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, which in today’s political atmosphere seems nearly impossible. With that said, however, Cohen’s decision to introduce these two amendments likely is an effort to force Republicans to go on the record in regards to two amendments that the majority of Americans are likely in favor of. With Democrats in control of the House, there is no Paul Ryan around to prevent any such vote.