President Trump just officially commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the left is furious.
Look, we have a serious problem with overzealous prosecutors in the country when it comes to political malfeasance.
The line is not clear and the sentences are severe – look at what is happening in New Jersey where the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the bridge gate convictions.
We saw the same thing with Dem Sen Bob Menendez and we have seen other judges overturn sloppy work by prosecutors.
In Blago’s case, his sentence was too long for horse political horse-trading they all do on some level.
Look, if you don’t think Obama and his team were monitoring or actively involved in helping Blago pick Obama’s replacement you are deluded.
A similar thing happened in Georgia recently and the Governor chose a donor, Kelly Loeffler over Trump’s pick Rep Chris Collins. While there was no allegation of fraud in that case the point is these are political appointments and Blago may have gone too far but 14 years is a bit much.
From The Los Angeles Times:
The announcement came on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews as the president embarked on a four-day west coast swing and just hours after he commuted another sentence, that of former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., who was convicted in a gambling fraud scandal.
“Yes, we commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich,” Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One. “He served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don’t know him.”
Trump first floated the possibility of pardoning Blagojevich in May 2018 and has been eager to take action, despite warnings from advisors who warned of political fallout from commuting the sentence of someone whose crime exemplifies the kind of corruption the president’s “drain the swamp” messaging vowed to root out.
Blagojevich was convicted in 2011 of trying to extract a personal benefit from appointing a replacement for then-President-Elect Obama to the U.S. Senate after the 2008 election. He began serving a 14-year prison sentence in 2012.
The Democrat was serving a 14-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison since 2012. He was set to be released in 2024.
He appeared on NBC’s “The Apprentice” in 2009, which was then-hosted by Trump.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) February 18, 2020