Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich expressed his “profound and everlasting gratitude for President Trump” in public comments made outside his Chicago home today , after Trump commuted his federal prison sentence yesterday, February 18, 2020.
The commutation for Blajoveich was issued as part of a sweeping round of pardons and commutations announced by the president. The White House announced Tuesday that Trump had signed an executive order pardoning former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and later Tuesday, Trump said he would pardon New York police commissioner Bernie Kerik.
Trump also pardoned Michael Milken, the former investment banker who became known for his involvement in an insider trading scandal.
“He didn’t have to do this, he’s a Republican president and I was a Democratic governor,” Blajgojevich said of Trump. “Doing this does nothing to help his politics. President Trump is a man who is tough and outspoken but he also has a kind heart and this is an act of kindness and I also believe its the beginning of the process to actually turn an injustice into a justice.”
Blagojevich, a Democrat, was convicted in 2011 by a federal jury in Chicago on 17 counts, including an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.
Blagojevich served eight years of his 14-year prison sentence. He had been serving his prison time at a federal prison in Engelwood, Colorado, since 2012, and was released Tuesday evening, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
Asked Wednesday about his party affiliation, Blagojevich identified himself as a “Trump-o-crat” and said he would vote for Trump if he could.
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