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PoliticsTrump says he's considering commutation for Blagojevich

11:51  08 august  2019
11:51  08 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Mr Trump told reporters he is considering the pardon and commutation on board Air Force One: Getty. President Donald Trump says that he is considering commuting the sentence for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich , and pardoning business woman Martha Stewart.

Rod Blagojevich , he told reporters Thursday. Trump said he was "seriously thinking about" commuting the sentence of Blagojevich , who was once a contestant on Trump ' s "Celebrity Apprentice" while awaiting trial. He added that he was also considering a pardon for Martha Stewart

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's "very strongly" considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year prison term on multiple federal corruption convictions.

Trump says he's considering commutation for Blagojevich © Provided by The Associated Press President Donald Trump talks to reporters aboard Air Force One after visiting Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump suggested more than a year ago that he was considered a commutation for Blagojevich, who then filed paperwork requesting a commutation.

The president told reporters Wednesday night while returning to Washington aboard Air Force One that he thought Blagojevich, a Democrat, had been treated "unbelievably unfairly."

Trump says he's taking into consideration Blagojevich's wife and children and what was, in his view, mere braggadocio.

Blagojevich entered federal prison in 2012.

After floating idea, Trump says he's still reviewing commutation for Blagojevich.
The president said he is still reviewing a possible commutation despite opposition from Illinois congressional Republicans. © Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich exercises Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, outside the Federal Correctional Institution-Englewood near Littleton, Colo. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS “We’re looking at it. I feel very badly. I think he was very harshly sentenced, but we’re looking at it very strongly. People feel very strongly about that,” the Republican president told reporters in New Jersey before boarding Air Force One for a rally in New Hampshire.

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