(PM) — U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday during travel back to Washington aboard Air Force One that he is considering a presidential pardon for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
During what a pool report from the L.A. Times said was a 45-minute largely off-the-record conversation with the press, the U.S. president said that he believes Blagojevich was “treated unbelievably unfairly”.
In December 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of 17 charges following a federal investigation that caused his impeachment by the Illinois General Assembly.
“And a lot of people thought it was unfair,” Trump said, adding that “it was the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleazebags that did it.”
“I’m thinking about committing his sentence,” the president continued. This is not the first time there have been reports that Trump is considering helping the ex-governor, as he mentioned it in 2018.
“He’s been in jail for seven years over a phone call where nothing happens — over a phone call where which he shouldn’t have said what he said, but it was braggadocio you would say.”