NATIONAL (WCIA) — President Donald Trump indicated Thursday morning he could decide soon whether or not to commute the prison sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence after his 2010 conviction on corruption charges which included an attempt to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Talking to reporters on board Air Force One, Trump said Blagojevich did something that “lots of politicians” do, adding his prison sentence was excessive for merely saying something dumb.
After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final plea last month, the jailed ex-governor has been running a media outreach campaign from behind bars through his wife’s frequent appearances on Fox News Channel and his own op-ed printed in the Wall Street Journal.
“I’m in prison for practicing politics,” Blagojevich’s headline pleaded in Monday’s edition of the Journal, earning him a swift “Pants on Fire” rating from fact-checkers at the Better Government Association and PolitiFact Illinois.
During his days as a reality TV host, Trump “fired” Blagojevich from the Celebrity Apprentice, but the two apparently fostered a congenial relationship.
CBS-2 Chicago reports Blagojevich’s lawyer plans to file a formal petition for a commutation of sentence in the next few weeks.