Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Cohen’s Statement On Plan To Introduce Constitutional Amendment On Presidential Pardon Power

October 30, 2017
Press Release
In light of the Indictment of Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, The Need To Act Is Clear

Cohen’s Statement On Plan To Introduce Constitutional Amendment On Presidential Pardon Power
In light of the Indictment of Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, The Need To Act Is Clear

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] —  Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), released the following statement after a federal grand jury’s indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was made public Monday:

“The indictment of Paul Manafort, who served as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman last year, accelerates the need to pass a Constitutional amendment limiting a president’s pardoning authority. I will be introducing the amendment on Tuesday. If adopted, the amendment would prohibit presidents from pardoning themselves, their families, members of their administrations and individuals who worked on their presidential campaigns. The indictment makes clear that some of Manafort’s activities took place while he was working on the Trump campaign so the need is clear and present.”

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