Schneiderman Wants Power to Prosecute Anyone Trump Pardons

Schneiderman Wants Power to Prosecute Anyone Trump Pardons April 19, 2018

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has been a thorn in Donald Trump’s side for a long time, is asking the state legislature to pass a law allowing him to prosecute in state courts anyone Trump pardons for federal crimes in the Mueller investigation.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York is moving to change New York state law so that he and other local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against aides to President Trump who have been pardoned, according to a letter Mr. Schneiderman sent to the governor and state lawmakers on Wednesday.

The move, if approved by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature, would serve notice that the legal troubles of the president and his aides may continue without the efforts of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election…

Right now, New York state law prevents people from being prosecuted more than once for crimes related to the same act, even if the original prosecution was in federal court. There are already a number of exceptions to the law, and the letter says that Mr. Schneiderman is proposing to add a new one that could be used if federal pardons are issued.

Schneiderman has been working with Robert Mueller on some of this already and he really, really doesn’t like Trump. He’s the one who initiated the investigation that resulted in the $25 million settlement over Trump “University,” which was a transparent case of fraud. If this does get passed, it means state and local prosecutors in New York would be able to charge anyone Trump pardons if there is a state law that they violated. The president can’t pardon anyone convicted of state and local crimes.

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