Karl Marx said it was imperative that all long-standing principles be obliterated so the fundamental transformation from a free and independent state to a tyrannical Marxist state could be accomplished. In order to accomplish this goal, the Marxist/Progressives have tried to convince us that the Constitution is a living document and can mean anything they want it to mean to accomplish their goal of transforming the United States.
Our founders understood that government would be the single biggest threat to freedom in the United States, so they wrote the Constitution to protect that freedom for themselves and their posterity. One of the fundamental principles they instituted was divided government. They gave each branch of government specific powers and duties. The power to pardon was given to the executive. The United States Constitution in Article 11 Section 2 gives the power to pardon to the president with no requirement of review. It says, he (the president) shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
Marxist/Progressive Rep. Adam Schiff has introduced a bill that would give Congress oversight of any pardon that President Trump grants to a subject of the Russia investigation or to a member of his family. In the event that Trump pardons someone connected to the Russia probe, Schiff's bill, known as the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act, would require the Justice Department to turn the case files for the investigation over to the House Judiciary Committee.
Schiff said that the impetus of his bill was Trump's decision last week to pardon Scooter Libby, an aide to the Bush administration convicted of lying to the FBI in an investigation into the leaked identity of a CIA agent. "It would allow Congress to determine whether a pardon is an effort to obstruct justice," Schiff told the newspaper. "I think it would have the effect of discouraging a pardon used for the purpose of shielding the president or his family from prosecution."
In the release, Schiff called the possibility of Trump granting a pardon to subjects of the Russia investigation "unsettling." Several former members of Trump's campaign, including former chairman Paul Manafort and national security adviser Michael Flynn, have been caught up in charges amid the investigation. "There are unsettling indications that President Trump could use the expansive pardon power granted by the Constitution as an instrument to undermine the Special Counsel’s investigation and other investigations into his business, family or his associates," Schiff writes. "At a time of constitutional peril, it is incumbent on the Congress to stand up for the rule of law by creating a strong disincentive to the President issuing pardons to protect himself and obstruct ongoing investigations.”
The United States Constitution never granted congress the right of review in pardons, thus Schiff’s bill is a clear case of arbitrary rule and violates rule of law and the Constitution. It is one branch of government assuming an unconstitutional role. The only way congressional review would be constitutional would be if the United States Constitution was amended to give congress the right of review over pardons.
The founders specifically told us that if the three branches maintain their mutual independence on each other our government may last a long time, but it would not be so if one branch can assume the authority of the other. This is clearly what Schiff and the Marxist/Progressives are proposing; but then they are also proposing changing from rule of law to arbitrary law, from limited government to big government, from rule by the people to rule by government, and the United States transforming from a free people to a people whose lives and interests are dominated by big government.
The Marxist/Progressives hate freedom. The Marxist/Progressives despise the Bill of Rights. The Marxist/Progressives view the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution including the Bill of Rights, as a major obstacle to their goal of government dominance, or of instituting a collectivist society that is totally conforming and totally equal (a communist society). Schiff’s proposal is just another step in that direction.