Trump Expected To Commute Sentence Of Illinois’s Disgraced Former Governor
Disgraced and imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence is expected to be commuted by President Donald Trump, NBC News reported.
Trump has previously said he believed Blagojevich’s sentence on political corruption charges was “really unfair,” but had not included Blagojevich in past pardons and commutations.
In August, the president told reporters he was thinking about “commuting his sentence very strongly.” In October, he polled donors about it during a visit to Chicago.
“We’re looking at it,” he said. “I feel very badly. I think he was very harshly sentenced, but we’re looking at it very strongly. People feel very strongly about that. I floated it and I wanted to see where the Democrats stood, where the Republicans stood. People feel very strongly about Rod Blagojevich’es sentence. He’s been in there for seven and a half years. That’s a long time and what he did was terrible, but it’s a long time.”
Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell the Senate seat of then-President-Elect Barack Obama and has served more than seven years of his sentence. The ex-governor has gone through several potential appeals, but his wife Patti directly appealed to the president in interviews on Fox News.
Prominent lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have criticized the potential move, but others are in support of ending Blagojevich’s sentence, including Reverend Jesse Jackson and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)