Former disgraced Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, may be getting some reprieve. It is looking like President Trump will issue a commutation to the governor who was convicted of trying to sell former President Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
According to The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will likely commute the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor serving a 14-year term on a slew of public corruption charges.
“I am thinking very seriously about commuting his sentence so that he can go home to his family after seven years,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One during a flight back from El Paso, Texas.
“I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly.”
Blagojevich, a Democrat, was arrested in December 2008, mostly on charges that he solicited bribes to fill a U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. He was found guilty on 17 counts on June 27, 2011, and sentenced to 14 years in prison. He has been in jail since March 2012.
The Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal which means without the commutation Blagojevich would remain in prison until 2024.