Monday, April 30, 2018

Sign the petition: Don't let Trump's pardons obstruct justice

What will we do if Trump begins to pardon everybody? Every crony, every enabler, every family member entangled in the corruption, cover-ups, and web of investigations into Trump's team's foreign and financial ties?

Dear New York MoveOn member,

I'm Shaun King, a writer, activist, and MoveOn member in New York, and I just started a petition to the New York state legislature, as well as to attorneys general and state legislatures and around the country, because I'm afraid Trump could start issuing pardons to obstruct justice—which is why we need to take action now.

Make sure we can hold Trump's cronies accountable for state crimes even if Trump seeks to obstruct justice by issuing corrupt pardons

What will we do if Donald Trump begins to pardon everybody—every crony, every enabler, every family member—entangled in the corruption, cover-ups, and web of investigations into his team's foreign and financial ties?
We may take to the streets. We may call it obstruction of justice. But we can also take action now to make sure that the likes of Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, and Jared Kushner are held accountable.
Under our Constitution, a sitting president has the power to pardon anyone for breaking federal law. But Trump can't pardon state crimes—meaning state prosecutors usually can hold someone accountable even if they've received a presidential pardon.
As New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently explained, a quirk in New York law could enable Trump to get his friends off scot-free with a cunningly timed pardon. (The same may be true in a number of other states as well.) Which is why members of the New York legislature and legislators across the country need to commit to not allowing corrupt federal pardons to absolve Trump's cronies from facing state criminal charges.
Please contact your state legislators today and tell them that we can't let Trump's cronies evade justice.  If they broke the law, they must face the consequences. Let's make sure that New York is committed to holding Trump's cronies accountable for state crimes even if Trump issues corrupt and outrageous pardons.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


—Shaun King

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