New York Senate advances bill to allow state charges despite presidential pardon

New York Senate advances bill to allow state charges despite presidential pardon
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The New York Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow state prosecutors to pursue charges in some instances in which a person received a presidential pardon. 

Under the legislation, "a prosecution is not considered to have occurred if a person has been granted a reprieve, pardon, or other form of clemency for the offense by the President," and other conditions are met. 

"The rule of law matters & the pardon power should not be perverted to undermine it," tweeted state Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D), who introduced the bill. 

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According to The Associated Press, the bill was created to get rid of a loophole that would make it more difficult to prosecute someone who had received a pardon. The state Assembly has not scheduled a vote on the measure, according to the news service. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

The state Senate on Wednesday also passed a bill that would allow New York to release President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE's state tax returns upon congressional request. Lawmakers announced the votes in a press conference earlier Wednesday.