Kentucky’s new Attorney General has asked the FBI to investigate former Gov. Matt Bevin over pardons issued by Bevin shortly before he left office last month.
Daniel Cameron, the Republican attorney general, said in a recent letter that he has sent “a formal request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate this matter.”
Cameron said the Office of the Attorney General has a successful partnership with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies through a public corruption task force. He went on to say that his office was willing to assist the FBI in any way that it needs.
GENERAL CAMERON said Kentucky’s Constitution gives the governor the power to pardon a person convicted of a crime but “the pardon power should be used sparingly and only after great deliberation with due concern for public safety.”
Several Commonwealth’s Attorneys around the state have also called for investigations into Bevin’s actions. Cameron has also been asked to appoint an independent special prosecutor since some of the attorneys hired recently by Cameron worked for Bevin as Governor. The FBI had no immediate comment on Cameron’s call for them to investigate.