Cuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon

Cuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon
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Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo popularity highest in 7 years: poll Watch live: Andrew Cuomo provides New York state coronavirus response update CDC issues travel advisory for NY tri-state area after Trump says quarantine not necessary MORE (D) signed a measure Wednesday permitting New York state to press charges against those who have received presidential pardons. 

The measure was passed to prevent President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE's ex-aides who are facing prison time or potential sentencing from receiving pardons and avoiding criminal punishment, NBC News reported. The network added that the legislation was a direct response to the president's consideration of giving his former campaign manager, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJuan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? Nadler seeks interviews with DOJ prosecutors that left Stone case Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE, a pardon.

Manafort is serving in a federal prison after being convicted on bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy charges. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has also indicted him on state mortgage fraud charges.

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The New York State Assembly and the state's senate passed the bill in May. 

It ends the "double jeopardy loophole," which prevents people from being prosecuted for crimes the federal government has already tried them for, according to NBC News. Under the legislation, state prosecutors can charge defendants who worked in the president's administration, campaign, nonprofit or businesses — including those pardoned by the president — if the alleged crimes occurred in New York.

Presidents are only able to pardon people for federal crimes, not state crimes, NBC News noted.

Two investigations based in New York are exploring the president's campaign and business dealings.