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US Illinois GOP House delegation blasts Blagojevich commutation: 'The face of public corruption'

00:05  19 february  2020
00:05  19 february  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Rod Blagojevich Released From FCI Englewood After Trump Commutes Sentence

  Rod Blagojevich Released From FCI Englewood After Trump Commutes Sentence President Donald Trump has signed commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado. Blagojevich, known as Inmate No. 40892-424 since he went to prison in 2012, is serving a 14-year sentence for extortion, bribery and other wide-ranging political corruption.© Provided by CBS Denver“I did commute his sentence,” said Trump on Tuesday. “So, he’ll be able to go back home with his family after serving eight years in jail.

President Trump on Tuesday said he had granted clemency to Rod Blagojevich (D), the disgraced Illinois governor who had served roughly half of a 14-year sentence on federal corruption charges.

The commutation of the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich brought a surprising end to one of the highest-profile Some Democrats were quick to criticize Trump’s move on Blagojevich . “Illinoisans have endured far too much corruption , and we must send a message to

Illinois's Republican congressional delegation criticized President Trump's decision Tuesday to commute former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D) sentence, saying he is "the face of public corruption" in the state.

Donald Trump, Rod Blagojevich are posing for a picture: Illinois GOP House delegation blasts Blagojevich commutation: 'The face of public corruption'© The Hill Illinois GOP House delegation blasts Blagojevich commutation: 'The face of public corruption'

"We are disappointed by the president's commutation of Rod Blagojevich's federal sentence. We believe he received an appropriate and fair sentence, which was the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines for the gravity of his public corruption convictions," wrote Reps. Darin LaHood, John Shimkus, Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis and Mike Bost.

Blagojevich expresses "everlasting gratitude" to Trump

  Blagojevich expresses The president commuted the sentence the former Illinois governor was serving after his conviction on corruption charges. Blagojevich says he has "everlasting gratitude" for the president.© Paul Beaty / AP Trump Blagojevich Blagojevich, his once jet-black hair now silver, was mobbed by reporters and supporters when he got back to his house early Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Rod Blagojevich 's sentence late last week, multiple sources said. But then Republican members of Illinois ' congressional delegation began flooding the "We're trying to send a message that this type of public corruption is terrible for Illinois ." A White House official downplayed the idea anything had

Public corruption runs rampant in Springfield, and we must get a handle on it. Granting clemency to someone who violated the trust of the American people in the way Blagojevich has would have damaging consequences for our political system, the public ’s trust, and the precedent this would set

Blagojevich was removed from office in 2009 and was later convicted on corruption charges, including trying to sell former President Obama's Senate seat after he was elected to the White House in 2008. The former governor began serving a 14-year prison sentence in 2012.

"Blagojevich is the face of public corruption in Illinois, and not once has he shown any remorse for his clear and documented record of egregious crimes that undermined the trust placed in him by voters," the GOP lawmakers said. "As our state continues to grapple with political corruption, we shouldn't let those who breached the public trust off the hook."

Illinois House Republican leader Jim Durkin also denounced the commutation, saying on Twitter, "We have a massive federal investigation into corruption in the state of Illinois and this action distracts and dilutes what I think is the proper role of the Department of Justice - to root out corruption ... I don't agree."

Announcing the commutation of Blagojevich, a onetime "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant, Trump cited in part his wife Patti's frequent TV appearances urging for clemency and called Blagojevich's sentence "a tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence in my opinion, and in the opinion of many others."

Anderson Cooper challenges Blagojevich claims in heated interview .
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday declared himself a "political prisoner" in a contentious interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper over the substantial evidence prosecutors used to convict him on a host of public corruption charges. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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