Democratic candidate for attorney general Letitia James on Monday called for a special session to consider a bill that would prevent the president of the United States from pardoning people who are convicted of crimes committed in New York.

The push comes as the jury in the trial of President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort continues to deliberated bank fraud and money laundering charges.

James, the New York City public advocate, wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to push for the session.

“While the rule against double jeopardy is a fundamental safeguard against persecution by prosecution, this legislation is narrowly tailored and necessary,” she said. “New York State, its lawmakers, and its Attorney General, can, and should, stand in the breach as a defense against the intentional dismantling of the checks and balances that protect us from autocracy. Our current Attorney General has urged that this law be passed so she can do her job. If I am elected as Attorney General, I will use the office to prosecute those crimes that fall within my jurisdiction.”

A special session is highly unlikely.

Cuomo had sought to push Republicans in the state Senate to return to Albany to approve an extension of a speed camera program for New York City schools, but has not formally called one. Republicans could simply gavel in and out of the session and not take up the bill.

Senate Republicans, in turn, have called for the passage of local tax extensions that were not completed when the legislative session ended in June.

Heastie has said it’s unlikely his conference will return to Albany for a session barring an emergency.

James is running in a four-way race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, facing Leecia Eve, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout.