Kentucky AG asks FBI to probe former Gov. Bevin’s pardons

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FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin looks out at the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear in a close race, issued more than 400 pardons, including one for a convicted killer whose family raised campaign money for Bevin. This was one of the top stories in Kentucky in 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

(AP) – Kentucky’s new Republican Attorney General is asking the FBI to investigate a flurry of pardons by former governor Matt Bevin.

The pardons have drawn criticism from both sides of the political aisle. Media reports have spotlighted some pardons that went to convicts who had wealthy or politically-connected families.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron wrote in a letter Monday that he has sent a formal request to the FBI to “investigate this matter.”

Bevin, a Republican, issued hundreds of pardons between his electoral defeat on Nov. 5 and his final day in office on Dec. 9.

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(This story was originally published on January 2, 2020)

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