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New Questions Over Controversial Pardons Issued By Matt Bevin

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The FBI is starting to ask questions about the former Kentucky Republican's last-minute pardons and sentence reductions for 600 people, including convicted murderers and a man accused of raping a child.


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NOW THE FBI IS LOOKING INTO THEM AS WELL. NBC’S PETE WILLIAMS
INTO THEM AS WELL. NBC’S PETE WILLIAMS HAS THAT STORY.
NBC’S PETE WILLIAMS HAS THAT STORY. >> Reporter: MATT
HAS THAT STORY. >> Reporter: MATT BEVIN, KENTUCKY’S
>> Reporter: MATT BEVIN, KENTUCKY’S FORMER REPUBLICAN
BEVIN, KENTUCKY’S FORMER REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR IS OUT.
FORMER REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR IS OUT. BUT NOW THE FBI IS
GOVERNOR IS OUT. BUT NOW THE FBI IS STARTING TO ASK
BUT NOW THE FBI IS STARTING TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS
STARTING TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS LAST-MINUTE PARDONS
QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS LAST-MINUTE PARDONS AND SENTENCE
LAST-MINUTE PARDONS AND SENTENCE REDUCTIONS FOR MORE
AND SENTENCE REDUCTIONS FOR MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE,
REDUCTIONS FOR MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE, INCLUDING CONVICTED
THAN 600 PEOPLE, INCLUDING CONVICTED MURDERERS AND A MAN
INCLUDING CONVICTED MURDERERS AND A MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A
MURDERERS AND A MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A CHILD.
ACCUSED OF RAPING A CHILD. CHRIS HARRIS, A
CHILD. CHRIS HARRIS, A DEMOCRAT IN THE STATE
CHRIS HARRIS, A DEMOCRAT IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE WHO CALLED
DEMOCRAT IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE WHO CALLED FOR AN INQUIRY SAYS HE
LEGISLATURE WHO CALLED FOR AN INQUIRY SAYS HE HAS NOW BEEN CONTACTED
FOR AN INQUIRY SAYS HE HAS NOW BEEN CONTACTED BY AN INVESTIGATOR.
HAS NOW BEEN CONTACTED BY AN INVESTIGATOR. THE FBI ISN’T
BY AN INVESTIGATOR. THE FBI ISN’T COMMENTING, BUT
THE FBI ISN’T COMMENTING, BUT FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY
COMMENTING, BUT FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS LITTLE CHOICE
FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO TAKE AN INITIAL
THERE IS LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO TAKE AN INITIAL LOOK WITH ALL THE
BUT TO TAKE AN INITIAL LOOK WITH ALL THE PUBLIC CALLS FOR SOME
LOOK WITH ALL THE PUBLIC CALLS FOR SOME SCRUTINY.
PUBLIC CALLS FOR SOME SCRUTINY. AMONG THE MOST
SCRUTINY. AMONG THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ACTIONS,
AMONG THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ACTIONS, THE PARDON OF PATRICK
CONTROVERSIAL ACTIONS, THE PARDON OF PATRICK BAKER, CONVICTED OF
THE PARDON OF PATRICK BAKER, CONVICTED OF MURDER IN A HOME
BAKER, CONVICTED OF MURDER IN A HOME INVASION.
MURDER IN A HOME INVASION. HIS RELATIVES HOSTED A
INVASION. HIS RELATIVES HOSTED A POLITICAL FUNDRAISER
HIS RELATIVES HOSTED A POLITICAL FUNDRAISER FOR GOVERNOR BEFBVIN
POLITICAL FUNDRAISER FOR GOVERNOR BEFBVIN LAST YEAR, BUT BAKER
FOR GOVERNOR BEFBVIN LAST YEAR, BUT BAKER SAYS HE DIDN’T KILL
LAST YEAR, BUT BAKER SAYS HE DIDN’T KILL ANYONE.
SAYS HE DIDN’T KILL ANYONE. >> I AM INNOCENT.
ANYONE. >> I AM INNOCENT. I WANT TO THANK MR.
>> I AM INNOCENT. I WANT TO THANK MR. BEVIN FOR HIS
I WANT TO THANK MR. BEVIN FOR HIS COURAGEOUS ACTIONS AND
BEVIN FOR HIS COURAGEOUS ACTIONS AND ALLOWING ME TO COME
COURAGEOUS ACTIONS AND ALLOWING ME TO COME HOME TO MY FAMILY.
ALLOWING ME TO COME HOME TO MY FAMILY. >> Reporter: ALSO
HOME TO MY FAMILY. >> Reporter: ALSO RAISING QUESTION, THE
>> Reporter: ALSO RAISING QUESTION, THE PARDON OF A MAN
RAISING QUESTION, THE PARDON OF A MAN CONVICTED OF RAPING A
PARDON OF A MAN CONVICTED OF RAPING A 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL.
CONVICTED OF RAPING A 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL. THE PROSECUTOR SAYS
9-YEAR-OLD GIRL. THE PROSECUTOR SAYS THE GOVERNOR NEVER
THE PROSECUTOR SAYS THE GOVERNOR NEVER TALKED TO THOSE
THE GOVERNOR NEVER TALKED TO THOSE INVOLVED WITH THE
TALKED TO THOSE INVOLVED WITH THE CASE.
INVOLVED WITH THE CASE. >> HE DIDN’T REVIEW
CASE. >> HE DIDN’T REVIEW THE POLICE
>> HE DIDN’T REVIEW THE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S FILE AND
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S FILE AND HE NEVER TALKED TO THE
DEPARTMENT’S FILE AND HE NEVER TALKED TO THE VICTIM OR HER MOTHER.
HE NEVER TALKED TO THE VICTIM OR HER MOTHER. SO IT REALLY MAKES YOU
VICTIM OR HER MOTHER. SO IT REALLY MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT WAS HE
SO IT REALLY MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT WAS HE BASING HIS DECISION
WONDER WHAT WAS HE BASING HIS DECISION OFF OF.
BASING HIS DECISION OFF OF. >> Reporter: BEVIN
OFF OF. >> Reporter: BEVIN SAYS THERE WAS NO
>> Reporter: BEVIN SAYS THERE WAS NO IMPROPRIETY IN ANY OF
SAYS THERE WAS NO IMPROPRIETY IN ANY OF THE PARDONS, THAT ALL
IMPROPRIETY IN ANY OF THE PARDONS, THAT ALL WERE BASED ON THE
THE PARDONS, THAT ALL WERE BASED ON THE MERITS.
WERE BASED ON THE MERITS. BE NOW LEADERS OF THE

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