New York lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening president’s pardon power

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NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — On Tuesday, New York State passed legislation that would prevent the president from being able to pardon state crimes.

The bill ensures that the state of New York will retain its ability to seek justice in the event of abuse of the presidential pardon power.

Attorney General Letitia James said, “The New York State law, which had a gaping loophole, a loophole that makes double jeopardy protections a legal tool to enable abuse, and to deny justice.

The attorney general says it is meant to prevent conflicts of interest and make sure no one gets what she calls a “get out of jail free card.”

The bill now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for signing.
 

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