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Question about possible Trump pardon causes chaos at NYPD corruption trial


Added 12-07-18 12:18:02am EST - “President Trump's pardon power was used to impeach a witness at the NYPD bribery trial Thursday. The pardon issue came up when a defense lawyer asked the government's key witness, de Blasio donor J?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Question about possible Trump pardon causes chaos at NYPD corruption trial”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The pardon issue came up when a defense lawyer asked the government’s key witness, de Blasio donor Jona Rechnitz, about his “politically connected” father’s support of Trump — followed up by a question about whether Rechnitz was planning to seek such a reprieve from the Commander in Chief.

The comment caused an uproar, including objections from prosecutors, who called it “outrageously prejudicial” and demanded that it be stricken from the record.

But defense lawyer John Meringolo argued that it was a legitimate question because Rechnitz’s dad had attended a Trump fundraiser in 2016 — and was caught on wiretap telling his son they would “just go down to Washington” to fix Rechnitz’s legal woes.

“They have a relationship in real estate,” Meringolo told the judge about Rechnitz and Trump. “They have a long-standing relationship.”

Prosecutor Martin Bell argued that the conversation about going to Washington occurred before Trump was President, and slammed questions identifying political affiliations as unfairly prejudicial.

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