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Statement By Attorney General Barbara Underwood On President Trump's Pardon Of Dinesh D'Souza

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May 31, 2018

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STATEMENT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL BARBARA UNDERWOOD ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PARDON OF DINESH D’SOUZA

“President Trump’s latest pardon makes crystal clear his willingness to use his pardon power to thwart the cause of justice, rather than advance it. By pardoning Dinesh D’Souza, President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic convicted felon. First it was Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Then it was Scooter Libby. Now it’s Dinesh D’Souza. We can’t afford to wait to see who will be next. Lawmakers must act now to close New York’s double jeopardy loophole and ensure that anyone who evades federal justice by virtue of a politically expedient pardon can be held accountable if they violate New York law.”

In April, the Attorney General’s office sent a letter to state lawmakers urging them to close a loophole in New York’s double jeopardy law. Closing the loophole would ensure that individuals who broke New York law could not evade accountability for any state crimes as a result of a strategically-timed pardon by the president. The letter is available here. The legislation, which was introduced last month by Assemblymember Lentol and Senator Kaminsky, can be found here.