[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO BAN PRESIDENTS FROM PARDONING THEMSELVES
HON. BRAD SHERMAN
in the house of representatives
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Mr. SHERMAN. Mr. Speaker, today, I joined as an original cosponsor of
the Constitutional Amendment of Al Green of Texas. That Amendment
states that a President may not pardon him or herself for violations of
United States law.
I believe that the Amendment is likely unnecessary. I believe that
the Supreme Court, in construing the existing Constitution, would reach
the conclusion that the President's power to pardon does not include
the power to pardon the President.
However it is always useful to provide a clarification of a meaning
of a statute, or even a Constitutional provision, whenever any doubt
its meaning or construction.
I doubt that the amendment could be adopted and ratified with
sufficient speed to prevent the current President from pardoning
himself. I believe the adoption of the amendment could still be useful
in providing a clarification should this issue arise in future