(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com) – The former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, who was sentenced to prison on corruption charges, has thanked President Donald Trump for granting him clemency, announcing “I’m a Trumpocrat!”
Governor Blagojevich was arrested by federal agents in his home in December 2008 following a complaint from the Justice Department that he had been involved with “pay to play” schemes. Blagojevich was found guilty of attempting to “obtain personal gain through the corrupt use” of his authority as governor when he attempted to financially gain from appointing a new Democrat to President Obama’s Senate seat after he was elected president.
Blagojevich was released from a Denver-region Federal prison after being freed by President Trump, announcing to the national press that he is now a “Trumpocrat.” Speaking on Tuesday night, the former governor said, “He’s got, obviously, a big fan in me, and if you’re asking me what my party affiliation is, I’m a Trumpocrat.”
“He didn’t have to do this. He’s a Republican president; I was a Democratic governor…My fellow Democrats have not been very kind to him. In fact, they’ve been very unkind to him.”
You bet they have!
Blagojevich’s release means he will spend six years less in prison than planned, after serving eight of his original fourteen-year sentence. Blago, as he is often known, was caught on tape trying to secure his place in Obama’s old seat, referring to it as “f*cking golden” and something he couldn’t give away without a price.
In that same investigation, the FBI caught the current Illinois governor, J.B. Pritzer, as well as Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. red-handed in the controversy. Pritzker was one of just a few Democrats who was initially offered the seat, negotiating with Blagojevich and suggesting he would make him the state treasurer.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Bago said, during a phone call with Prtizer in 2008, “Ooh, interesting…Let’s think about that. You interested in that?”
Pritzker reportedly answered, “Yeah…that’s the one I would want.”
The wife of the former governor, Patti Blagojevich, has lobbied for years for his early release. However, the couple has been met with setbacks and rejections, until the president answered their pleas. Patti Blagojevich had appeared on Fox News, a network President Trump watches regularly.
After hearing her story, Trump included the former governor in a recent spree of pardons and commutations.
In an interview on Tuesday, Trump said, “Yes, we commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich. He served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don’t know him…So he’ll be able to go back home with his family after serving eight years in jail. That was a tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many others.”