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 last year to hear Blagojevich’s appeal of his conviction, meaning he would have remained in prison until 2024. (RELATED: Supreme Court Declines To Hear Blagojevich’s Appeal)
After his arrest but before his trial, Blagojevich was a contestant on the ninth season of Trump’s reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” Trump mentioned Blagojevich’s stint on the show during his remarks Wednesday.
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