Schiff and Pelosi push bill to limit presidential power with laundry list of Trump complaints
House Democrats enacted law Tuesday aimed at restricting the president's powers by addressing a laundry list of issues and complaints that surfaced during former President Donald Trump's norm-breaking presidency.
"Donald Trump made this legislation a necessity, but this is bigger than any single president," said California MP Adam Schiff, the main sponsor of the Protecting Our Democracy Act. "The former president trampled on many of our sacred norms and institutions, violated laws, and broken long-standing precedents with shocking ease."
Comprehensive reforms in the draft law will adjust, among other things, requirements and restrictions with regard to compliance with summonses and pardons from Congress, the independence of the Inspectors General and transitions in the presidential administration.
In a sense, the bill is a House of Representatives recognition that the president's power has expanded too much over the past few decades.
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"There was a slow movement, but it has picked up speed," said House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi under Trump. “Our founders in their wisdom of having controls and balances and separation of powers, and they had guard rails for the president. And one of them was the United States Congress. "
Almost all of the bill's many provisions are related to a scandal or frustration that surfaced during Trump's presidency.
The bill would qualify the President and Vice-President for criminal charges and target the Justice Department's longstanding policy of preventing the President from being charged during his tenure. That made impeachment the only means of punishing Trump after he was accused of obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Presidential and vice-presidential candidates would have to publish 10 years of personal tax returns under the bill, which Trump never did.
It would also ban the president's "self-pardon" - an issue that Trump allegedly investigated. And with the aim of curbing pardons as a form of bribery, she would define a pardon as a “thing of value”. The Department of Justice would also have to provide materials to Congress relating to the presidential pardon for relatives, or charges of disregard for or obstruction of Congress.
And in response to the Trump administration blocking President Joe Biden's transition team as the former president battled to overturn the election, the bill would require the General Services Administrator to treat any eligible presidential candidate as a winner, if No winner can be determined for five days after the general election until a determination is made or a winner is confirmed by Congress.
The Democrats in Congress communicated with the White House as they drafted the version of the legislation for this session and made some changes accordingly.
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"For example, we changed some of the provisions that individually punish people who refuse to obey subpoenas from Congress," Schiff said. "President Biden recognized the central importance of such reforms both in his campaign and during his presidency."
Schiff said he expected a vote on the bill sometime this fall, but hesitated when asked about his communications with Republicans and the bill's chances of getting support from 10 Republicans in the Senate to get a filibuster in the upper chamber overcome.
“One step at a time,” said Schiff.
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