President Donald Trump, in a report, said he’s “very strongly” considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich who is serving a 14-year prison term for multiple federal corruption convictions.
The President argued that he believed that the former Illinois Democratic Governor was “treated unfairly” by the court when he was convicted for campaign violations seven years ago
Trump says he’s taking into consideration Blagojevich’s wife and children and what was, in his view, mere braggadocio.
Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, reacted by tweeting that Trump’s comments about her husband, who has been in federal prison since 2012, leave her family hopeful that their “nightmare might soon be over.”
However, House Republicans in Illinois has urged the President to rethink his position as commuting Blagojevich’s sentence “sets a dangerous precedent and goes against the trust voters placed in elected officials.”
“It’s important that we take a strong stand against pay-to-play politics, especially in Illinois where four of our last eight Governors have gone to federal prison for public corruption,” the congressmen wrote.
Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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