(NewsReady.com) – On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The president said he did it because the sentence was “ridiculous” and the former Democratic governor had served enough time:
Trump just confirmed reports he has commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, noting that the former Illinois governor is a Democrat, and was once a contestant on "The Apprentice" pic.twitter.com/YZQVqhwKk0
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) February 18, 2020
Back in the day, the governor was a contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice,” the show President Trump hosted on NBC.
Blagojevich was kicked out of office in 2009 and he was convicted of a slew of corruption charges. The disgraced governor had tried to sell former President Barack Obama’s Senate seat after he was elected in 2008. In 2012, he began a 14-year prison sentence, serving more than half when the president commuted him this week.
In addition to the former governor, the president pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., financier Michael Milken and the former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik.
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