Rod Blagojevich was the Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009. He was ousted from office and impeached after he attempted to “sell off” the Congressional seat of new President, Barack Obama. He was later convicted and sentenced to 14 years in Federal prison.
Blagojevich and his family have long campaigned for his prison sentence to be commuted. It seems as if the White House may be listening. Yesterday afternoon, Donald Trump discussed the possibility of commuting the prison sentence of the disgraced governor.
Trump is familiar with Blagojevich as the former governor appeared on the now President’s Celebrity Apprentice in 2010.
The President told reporters:
“I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly; he was given close to 18 years in prison. And a lot of people thought it was unfair, like a lot of other things — and it was the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleaze bags that did it. And his name is Rod Blagojevich. And I’m thinking about commuting his sentence.”
The New York Times suggested that this may be an appeal to Democrats. The paper reports, “Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser who has internally championed pardons and commutations, had suggested Mr. Blagojevich be pardoned, saying that it would appeal to Democrats, one of those people said.”
At least one Republican lawmaker has come out against the idea. Texas Congressman Chip Roy tweeted, “Blagojevich sentence should not be commuted. Now – let’s focus on securing the border, cutting deficits, lowering healthcare prices, giving our military a crystal clear mission, & then just getting out of the way of Americans.”
Blagojevich sentence should not be commuted. Now – let’s focus on securing the border, cutting deficits, lowering healthcare prices, giving our military a crystal clear mission, & then just getting out of the way of Americans. #DoWhatWeSaid
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) August 8, 2019