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Trump Commutes Sentence Of Former IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich had exhausted his last appeal in 2018.
Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 18, 2020

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he had commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, one of several people he granted clemency to Tuesday.

"He served eight years in jail. It's a long time to go. Many people disagree with the sentence. He's a Democrat, he's not a Republican."

Blagojevich had exhausted his last appeal in 2018. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011 for political corruption, including trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. 

Months prior to his conviction, Rod Blagojevich appeared on Trump's reality game show "Celebrity Apprentice" where he was the fourth person to be eliminated.

The president first hinted at a possible Blagojevich commutation in August. It was met with protests from many Republicans, including from Illinois.

President Trump also pardoned former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. They were convicted of tax fraud and gambling fraud, respectively.