The Cuomo administration subpoenaed Michael Cohen on Wednesday after it was hinted that he might have information to prosecutors at both the state and federal level.
The news of Cohen being called forward by the state sent everyone in a scramble on Wednesday. There is one piece in all this that people are worried about, double jeopardy.
“It would be the most obnoxious Constitutional situation,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Right now a loophole in state law makes it illegal for New York to convict someone who has received a presidential pardon. Many are worried that this is something President Donald Trump might do for Cohen.
“I believe it would be an immediately impeachable offense because it really is an obstruction of justice.”
Governor Cuomo’s Democratic opponent, Cynthia Nixon, says she agrees with this move to bring Cohen forward and also thinks this loophole needs to be closed as soon as possible.
“We have a president who seems willing to pardon everyone, including potentially himself, and in New York when we have a possibility to hold people accountable we need to do it. I fully support it.”
The State Legislature would be the ones to close this loophole.
No word, for now, if Gov. Cuomo plans on calling legislators back for a special session.