Introduction and Passage of a Consitutional Amendment Limiting Presidental Pardons.

Introduction and Passage of a Consitutional Amendment Limiting Presidental Pardons.

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Scott Thurlow started this petition to Representative Jerrold Nadler

In 1974, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency. His successor, Gerald Ford, promptly issued a "proactive pardon" for any crimes that Nixon may have committed, thus denying the nation the opportunity to hold Nixon accountable for his actions.

As the term for President Trump comes to a close, he is promising to follow this example and proactively pardon a number of his close associates. In addition, the specter of a proactive pardon for the mob that stormed the capitol on 6 Jan hangs over the nation. Either will deny the nation the opportunity to hold those individuals accountable. 

To prevent this from happening again, a constitutional amendment to place limits on the president's pardon authority is required. The amendment should strive to:

- Limit the ability of the president to pardon only individuals who have been convicted of a crime to remove the possibility of proactive pardons.

- Allow for a pardon to be overriden by Congress, in the same manner as Congress may override a Presidental Veto.

Here is proposed text for the amendment:

Pardons shall only be issued for crimes for which there is a conviction. Pardons may be overridden by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

 

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