Published: Thu, February 20, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Grundy County officials respond after Trump commutes Blagojevich's sentence

Grundy County officials respond after Trump commutes Blagojevich's sentence

Trump himself said he commuted the sentence of forever Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) - jailed 14 years for trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat and extorting a children's hospital - because he "watched his wife" on Fox News.

Former NYC police commissioner and Giuliani associate Bernard Kerik received a pardon after serving a 4-year sentence in prison for 8 felonies, including tax fraud. They expressed their "disappointment" in a joint statement in which they noted that Blagojevich's sentencing was "appropriate and fair" and represented "the low-end of the federal sentencing guidelines for the gravity of his public corruption convictions".

Mr. Trump, who announced clemency for 11 people on Tuesday, called Mr.

Though 45 claims to not know Blagojevich, the former governor was a contestant on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2010.

"It was a prosecution by the same people - Comey, Fitzpatrick, the same group", Trump told reporters.

And they come as part of a broader political offensive launched by Trump in the wake of impeachment, including firing or removing officials who testified in the impeachment inquiry or opposed his actions in delaying U.S. military aid to Ukraine, the action that sparked his impeachment, and demanding that charges be quashed against his own associates arising from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Defending his controversial decision to commute the remainder of Blagojevich's sentence, Trump argued, "He's been in jail for seven years over a phone call where nothing happens - over a phone call which he shouldn't have said what he said, but it was braggadocio, you would say". President Bill Clinton, on his last day in office, made the controversial decision to pardon financier and major Democratic donor Marc Rich, who had fled overseas to escape indictment for alleged financial crimes.

In 2011, Blagojevich was convicted of wire fraud, attempted extortion, soliciting bribes, conspiracy to commit extortion, and conspiracy to solicit and accept bribes, and sentenced to 14 years in prison. "That was a tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence in my opinion and in the opinion of many others". Allies of Mr. Stone have pleaded with President Trump through the Fox screen for a Stone pardon.

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"Since his conviction, he has focused on improving the lives of others, including as a passionate advocate for criminal justice and prisoner reentry reform", the White House release stated.

Mr Trump confirmed the pardons on an air base tarmac as he left Washington for a West Coast visit. He said he had yet to think about pardoning his longtime confidant Roger Stone, who is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, or granting clemency to several former aides who have ended up in legal jeopardy, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and disgraced former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

But he made clear anew that he is sympathetic to their cases.

Democrats pounced on Mr Trump's announcements. "I'll have a lot more to say tomorrow". They had clearly been delayed until after Trump himself was acquitted in the Senate trial on impeachment charges brought by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, in order to avoid giving his political enemies additional ammunition.

Sprung from prison by President Trump, former Illinois Gov.

Republicans in the state echoed his criticism of the Blagojevich action. "He has from me my deepest, most profound and everlasting gratitude".

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