New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood criticized President Donald Trump for pardoning conservative pundit Dinesh D’Sousa.
In a statement, AG Underwood emphasized that Pres. Trump’s action shows that he is willing to undermine the rule of law. She encouraged New York lawmakers to close the state’s double jeopardy loophole to ensure that no one evades justice through a presidential pardon.
According to her, “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.”
AG Underwood urges state lawmakers to close loophole in double jeopardy law
Additionally, AG Underwood said, “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.”