The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that the FBI is asking questions about former Governor Matt Bevin’s pardons. For those not familiar with loser Matt Bevin, he issued a whole lot of pardons as he left office, and at least one of those pardons looks and smells like a pay for play misdeed.
The FBI is asking questions about the pardons Matt Bevin issued during his last weeks as Kentucky governor, The Courier Journal has learned.
State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, told reporters that a criminal investigator contacted him last week and asked what he knew about Bevin's pardons.
Harris did not elaborate on what questions were asked, and he declined to say which law enforcement agency contacted him.
“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. “The impression I got is that there was an investigation ramping up.”
Two sources with knowledge of the inquiry told The Courier Journal on Monday that an FBI agent had spoken with Harris. A spokeswoman with the FBI office in Louisville did not immediately respond to an email Monday requesting comment.
Bevin has received national criticism for pardoning or commuting the sentences of more than 650 people following his failed reelection bid in November.
The pardon they are looking at is for a murderer by the name of Patrick Baker. He was convicted of shooting a man in front of his family during a home invasion. Baker’s brother raised $21,500 for Bevin during his run for reelection. And another Baker family friend — a banker by the name of Frocht – gave over $100,000 for Bevin’s inauguration and campaign. Frocht asked Bevin to pardon Patrick Baker. The two other men involved in this home invasion are sitting in prison.
Bevin is unapologetic, and Bevin insists he WANTS an investigation of this pardon and the Baker case. Bevin is claiming, well, let’s go right to the horse’s mouth:
Bevin has welcomed an investigation and denied political gifts had anything to do with his pardons.
“You will see people subpoenaed, you will see people deposed, you will see people convicted,” he predicted.
“If the truth comes out, there will be people involved in this process on the other side of the equation that have very good reason to be very concerned right now. And some of them are the loudest people right now, and for good reason.”
He is talking about Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders — a Republican who supported Bevin in his race for governor. Nothing like continuing to attack your fellow Republicans.