FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has formally requested an FBI investigation into the pardons issued by former Governor Matt Bevin during his last days in office.
Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey and State Representative Chris Harris, who asked Cameron to request the investigation, say they received the letter from Cameron, stating that he sent the request to the FBI on Monday.
In a shared statement, Harris and McGarvey mentioned the pardon of Patrick Baker, who was convicted two years ago for killing Donald Mills during a home invasion in Knox County. Questions were raised about Bevin’s pardon of Baker after a photo surfaced of Bevin with Baker’s family at a fundraiser they held for him at their home.
“Kentuckians deserve to know if the pardon of Patrick Baker, whose family raised tens of thousands of dollars for Gov. Bevin in 2018, was granted improperly,” they said. “We believe strongly that this and potentially other pardons should be investigated impartially, and are pleased that the Attorney General agrees and has asked the FBI to make sure that happens.”
Baker was one of several violent offenders pardoned by Bevin. The pardons have drawn criticism from both sides of the political aisle.