N.Y. lawmakers pass bill to weaken Trump’s pardon powers

New York state lawmakers passed a measure on Tuesday that would allow prosecutors to pursue state charges against certain individuals even if they have received a presidential pardon — a move seen as a direct shot at President Donald Trump.

New York law currently bars the state from prosecuting a person who has already been tried for the same crime by the federal government. The bill would make it easier for prosecutors in certain circumstances to pursue a case against someone who has received a presidential pardon for the federal conviction. The bill is backed by N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating Trump and his family members, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has indicated he will sign the legislation.

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