from Protect our democracy law It contains a whole series of measures to restore the balance of power in favor of Parliament. Democrats say Trump has often abused his executive power to evade congressional oversight. For example, he declared a federal emergency at the border when Congress refused to allocate funds for a wall he wanted to build along the border with Mexico. This way Trump can use money from the defense budget for the project, which is one of his key election promises.
The new law should prevent this. The bill also limits the amnesty the president can grant. Trump has used it to pardon employees who have fallen for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, on the condition that they remain loyal to him. Trump has also considered pardoning himself beforehand, in case the justice system is behind him after his resignation. This “self-pardon” is also prohibited under the new law.
In addition, the bill includes measures to improve the status of whistleblowers and protect the inspectors general responsible for overseeing government action against White House retaliation. Trump has fired a large number of inspectors general during his tenure due to investigations against his administration.
The law should also prevent the White House from trying to control the Department of Justice, as Trump has consistently done. He repeatedly tried to pressure his justice ministers to fire Mueller in order to end an investigation into his campaign team’s ties to Russia.
Finally, it is now mandatory for presidential candidates to release their tax information to the public. This was already good practice, but Trump always pulled it off.
“We have to legislate this so that no president from any party imagines that he has the power to usurp power from other branches of government,” Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told delegates.
However, it remains to be seen whether Republicans will approve the bill, which is read as an indictment of former President Trump. He may run for re-election in 2024 and will not face a law limiting his power, if re-elected.
In the Senate, Democrats need at least ten Republican votes, but many Republicans fear a clash with Trump. Whoever gets his way in the party has to count on losing the support of the former president who is revered by many supporters in the upcoming elections.
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