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Rep Demands Trump Pardon: Will Governor Deliver?

A House Republican from upstate New York is urging her state’s Democratic governor, Kathy Hochul, to pardon Donald Trump following his recent conviction in a hush money trial. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), a member of the New York Bar Association, made this request in a letter on Thursday. She also called for the removal of Alvin Bragg as Manhattan district attorney, accusing him of failing to meet the “high ethical standards” required for his position.

Tenney argued that Bragg “used a warped version of events to push the manufactured charges” against Trump, labeling the decision as “at best … legally questionable, at worst it’s criminal.” She criticized Bragg for neglecting to prosecute others in similar situations and suggested that his sole purpose in pursuing this case was to target Trump, which she described as “unethical and unconstitutional.”

The jury found Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to allegedly cover up an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels, part of a supposed scheme to influence the 2016 election. Trump, who has denied the affair and pleaded not guilty, plans to appeal the decision. Sentencing is scheduled for July 11, just days before the GOP presidential nomination at the Republican convention in Milwaukee.

Governor Hochul has shown no interest in pardoning Trump as he campaigns for a second term. In her statement, Hochul emphasized that the verdict “reaffirms that no one is above the law.” Nonetheless, some within the Democratic Party are feeling the pressure. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), who briefly challenged President Joe Biden for the party’s presidential nomination, suggested on X that Hochul “should pardon him [Trump] for the good of the country.”

Trump faces additional legal challenges, including two cases led by special counsel Jack Smith and another by Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. It remains uncertain whether these cases will go to trial before the 2024 election.

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