FBI Looking Into Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s Controversial Last-Minute Pardons

The FBI is looking into the former Kentucky governor’s controversial pardons during his last weeks as governor, The Courier-Journal reported Monday.

State Rep. Chris Harris (D) told reporters that a criminal investigator contacted him regarding former Gov. Matt Bevin’s (R) last-minute pardons but declined to say what branch of law enforcement it was.

“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,” he said, according to the newspaper. “The impression I got is that there was an investigation ramping up.”

Two sources with knowledge of the contact to Harris told the Journal that the state senator spoke with an FBI agent.

The Hill reached out to the FBI for comment, which told the Journal that it could “neither confirm nor deny the existence of said investigation.”

Bevin stirred up controversy when he pardoned more than 650 people after finding out he did not win reelection in the state, including a man serving a sentence for reckless homicide and robbery, whose brother ran a fundraiser for Bevin, the newspaper previously reported.

But the former governor has welcomed an investigation, saying the pardons had nothing to do with political influence.

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SOURCE: The Hill – Justine Coleman