Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 16, 2024

NY Lawmaker Urges Hochul To Pardon Trump

In a bold political move, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) has called on Gov. Kathy Hochul to pardon former President Donald Trump, who was recently convicted in a Manhattan courtroom.

Tenney asserts that a pardon should be granted to Trump after his conviction in a hush money trial, while Hochul maintains that "no one is above the law," as the Daily Wire reports.

The lawmaker, a New York Bar Association member, directed her plea to Hochul on Thursday. Tenney is urging Hochul to pardon Trump, following his recent conviction on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

Tenney Denounces DA's Actions, Claims Bias

According to Tenney, Bragg's actions were a breach of applicable ethical standards. She alleges that Bragg distorted the series of events to craft the charges against Trump and targeted him solely for political reasons. These acts, Tenney asserts, are both unethical and unconstitutional.

"Bragg neglected to prosecute other individuals in analogous cases," Tenney stated, condemning the approach taken solely against Trump. "This is a glaring example of political targeting," she added.

Hochul's Firm Stance

Hochul, however, has not indicated any intent to consider a pardon for Trump. "No one is above the law," Hochul firmly commented, supporting the jury's findings in the trial involving the former president.

Trump, maintaining his innocence, pleaded not guilty and has announced plans to appeal the court's decision. His sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

Upcoming Sentencing and Presidential Bid

The former president's conviction comes at a critical time as he is anticipated to secure the Republican presidential nomination on July 15. This adds layers of complexity to the political and legal landscape.

Tensions continue to rise within the Democratic Party as well. Rep.  Dean Phillips (D-MN) has publicly urged Hochul to pardon Trump, suggesting it would be in the best interest of the country. "For the good of the country, Hochul should consider granting Trump a pardon," Phillips expressed, highlighting intra-party pressures.

Trump Faces Multiple Legal Battles

Apart from this case, Trump is facing three additional criminal investigations. Among these, two are overseen by special counsel Jack Smith while the third case is managed by Fani Willis, the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney.

It remains unclear whether any of these cases will reach trial before the forthcoming 2024 election. This uncertainty further intertwines Trump's legal predicaments with his political fate.

As the sentencing date approaches, the controversy surrounding the hush money trial continues to draw national attention. The appeals process and potential implications for Trump's presidential run are yet to be fully understood.

In summary, Rep. Claudia Tenney passionately called on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to pardon Donald Trump following his recent convictions. Citing concerns over biased prosecution by Alvin Bragg, Tenney has amplified her claims of politically motivated charges.

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