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Thu Apr 19, 2018, 07:46 AM

Eric Schneiderman asks to close loophole that could let Trump pardons block state charges

Eric Schneiderman asks to close loophole that could let Trump pardons block state charges

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday asked state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to close a loophole that could let recipients of pardons for federal crimes from President Donald Trump avoid state criminal charges.

Schneiderman said he was asking for the loophole to be eliminated because of "disturbing news" that Trump "may be considering issuing pardons that may impede criminal investigations."

Shortly after Schneiderman made his request, state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat and former federal prosecutor who represents a district on Long Island, announced he would introduce a bill seeking to accomplish the attorney general's goal."

Schneiderman, a Democrat, is a long-time antagonist of Trump. Shortly after the presidential election in 2016, he obtained a $25 million settlement for customers of Trump University who claimed to have been swindled by that entity.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/18/new-york-ag-eric-schneiderman-seeks-to-close-trump-pardon-loophole.html

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