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2019-08-08 -Lurid Crime Tales-
Pres. Trump says he's considering a commutation for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blago: ‘I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly'
[Chicago Tribune] President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday night that he is "very strongly" considering commuting the federal corruption sentence of disgraced and imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Speaking to reporters after making visits to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, following mass-shootings in those cities over the weekend, Trump said he thought the former Democratic governor had been mistreated. Blagojevich had been a fired contestant on Trump’s former NBC show, "The Celebrity Apprentice."

"I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly; he was given close to 18 years in prison," Trump, a Republican, said. "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 sleazebags that did it."

The president’s reference to "Comey" involves former FBI Director James Comey whom Trump has repeatedly criticized, contending he sought to politicize the nation’s top law enforcement agency in the 2016 election in which Trump faced Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. After taking office, Trump fired Comey amid an investigation into his campaign’s alleged contacts during the election with Russian emissaries.

Blagojevich, who served as Illinois governor from 2003 until his impeachment and removal from office in 2009, was sentenced to 14 years on federal corruption charges after his December 2011 conviction.

Blagojevich was convicted of attempting to use his office to personally benefit, offering the former U.S. Senate seat of then-President-elect Barack Obama for barter, but also for trying to use his official office to gain a prosperous job or gain campaign funds in exchange for his actions.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-08 07:24|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [303 views ]  Top

#1 I have to wonder if the Orange Man is getting a thumbs-up from Bob on this one.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-08 07:44||   2019-08-08 07:44|| Front Page Top

#2 Blagojevich was convicted of attempting to use his office to personally benefit, also to gain a prosperous job or gain campaign funds in exchange for his actions.

Sounds like a lot of other politicians. Why was Rod singled out for punishment? Whose parade did he rain upon?
Posted by Bobby 2019-08-08 08:22||   2019-08-08 08:22|| Front Page Top

#3 He probably "knows where some bodies are buries" and he has nothing to lose at this point. The Bath House / Rhambo cartel doesn't play the same brand of hardball as the Clintons.
Posted by M. Murcek 2019-08-08 08:25||   2019-08-08 08:25|| Front Page Top

#4 ^^ Grant the commutation in exchange for some, um, information. Should be interesting.
Posted by Raj 2019-08-08 09:00||   2019-08-08 09:00|| Front Page Top

#5 "I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly; he was given close to 18 years in prison,"

After all one of the perks of being a politician is all the graft. This was like punishing a dog for licking its balls....
Posted by Mercutio 2019-08-08 15:35||   2019-08-08 15:35|| Front Page Top

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