Matt Bevin was formerly a quite unpopular governor in the state of Kentucky. So unpopular, in fact, that the Republican recently lost his reelection bid to Democrat Andy Brashear in a state that Donald Trump had carried by nearly 30 points.
The former governor has not left his seat quietly, first disputing the election results. Then Bevin delivered a series of pardons that were seen by many as highly questionable. According to a new report from The Louisville Courier Journal, the FBI is now asking questions about why those pardons were delivered.
Among those pardoned by Bevin included people who were convicted of crimes like child molestation and murder. One of the convicted murderers was a brother of a man who held a $21,500 fundraiser for the former governor.
According to Democratic state senator, Chris Harris, the pardons have not gone unnoticed. Harris told the Courier Journal, “I can confirm that I have been contacted by someone looking into the pardons that were issued by Gov. Bevin on his way out the door. The impression I got is that there was an investigation ramping up.”
Morgan McGarvey, another state Democrat, had called for an investigation into Bevin’s actions. He said, “It’s clear there was political favoritism involved in these pardons. We have got to find out if the pardon power was abused and possibly sold to restore the public’s trust in the system.”
The FBI, as is their custom, had little to say about a potential investigation. An FBI spokesperson said the agency, “[could] neither confirm nor deny the existence of said investigation.”
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