The House is considering legislation that would limit the president’s power to issue pardons to only the highest crimes and misdemeanors that have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Senate is holding a debate on the bill on Wednesday.
The House measure would limit pardons granted under the pardons law to crimes committed before January 20, 2021.
It would also limit pardon authority to those convicted of certain crimes that have not yet been proven to be crimes.
In the Senate, the measure would restrict the president to only “those offenses which are clearly and clearly established to be sufficiently serious that the President has been convicted of, or would be convicted of in a court of law of some serious offense.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say the law is needed to prevent President Donald Trump from exercising his pardoning powers without a court-ordered trial.
Democrats have been pressing the GOP to support the bill as it moves through Congress, and the House passed the measure last week by a vote of 219-197.
The measure is expected to be considered by the full House and Senate within the next two weeks.