Trump Springs Colorado’s Most Infamous Political Inmate

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

NBC News reports:

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he’d commuted the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office in 2009 on corruption charges, and pardoned former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik…

“He served eight years in jail, a long time,” Trump told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base. “I don’t know him very well. I met him a couple of times. He was on for a short while on the Apprentice some years ago. He seems like a very nice person, I don’t know him.”

Trump said “many people” thought the sentence was unfair. “He’ll be able to go back home to his family,” he added.

Blagojevich, a Democrat, has been serving his term at the low-security Federal Correctional Institute in Englewood, Colorado. He’d been a contestant on Trump’s reality TV show “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2010.

It’s almost too perfect–just a couple of weeks out from under his own presidency-jeopardizing corruption scandal, a period which has been dominated by President Donald Trump’s score-settling against those who testified or otherwise worked against him, Trump has freed the Illinois governor accused of “selling” former President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat! The best theory we’ve heard as to why this commutation was important to Trump is that Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence after being found guilty of official corruption was making all similarly “transactional” politicos look bad. Graded on Blago’s curve, Trump himself could in all fairness find himself looking at his own stint in the “Club Fed” of FCI Englewood.

This was Sen. Cory Gardner’s takeaway from impeachment, wasn’t it? A little corruption never hurt anybody?

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  1. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    Blago was pardoned in exchange for hair styling tips.

  2. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    Released for time served on the Apprentice seems reasonable.

  3. ModeratusModeratus says:

    DEMOCRAT. Trump does a bipartisan pardon and still you libs give him no credit.

  4. Genghis says:

    Never mind the Celebrity Apprentice guy. Check out Paul Pogue, the tax cheat probationer who got his pardon the old fashioned way — payola.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    No more gardens for the gardenless – no more – havens for the havenless
    No more helpers for the helplessness – no more – somethings for a less
    For the law is now the lawless
    `N the flaw is now the flawless
    `N the crime is now accepted
    `N the criminal respected
    `N now evil gets elected
    `N now sinful get selected
    Heed a president proven rotten Now officially forgotten

    Ian Hunter — Apathy 83

    https://youtu.be/vMJaO4hq8I8

  6. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Blago was among the "seven convicted white-collar criminals at the center of federal anti-corruption and tax fraud cases spanning decades" that Trump acted on.  WAPO points out the obvious:  "The executive actions announced Tuesday fit a pattern of highly personal presidential justice that largely bypasses the traditional pardon process administered by the Justice Department. Most of the people who have received clemency under Trump have been well-connected offenders who had a line into the White House or currency with his political base."

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