The Nation — Our friends at Democrats.com have launched a campaign in support of Rep. Jerry Nadler’s H.Res. 1531. The New York City Congressman and Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties’ bill demands that President Bush refrain from issuing any pre-emptive pardons of senior officials in his Administration during the final 90 days of office.
The Resolution, which aims to prevent undeserved pardons of officials who may have been co-conspirators in the President’s unconstitutional policies, such as torture, illegal surveillance and curtailing of due process for defendants, is a sensible legal remedy to an administration that widelyabused its power.
Beyond preventing pre-emptive pardons, the Resolution also recommends the establishment of a special commission or select committee to investigate the potentially illegal activities of senior Bush Administration officials and also calls for the next Attorney General to appoint an independent counsel to investigate and prosecute any crimes.
Nadler’s bill represents a major step towards holding George Bush, Dick Cheney, and other senior officials accountable for their crimes. Ask your elected reps to co-sponsor and support the bill.