In March of 2012, Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois served his 14-year prison sentence for corruption. He started serving his sentence at Englewood Federal Correctional Institution. It is a low-security prison in Jefferson County, Colorado, about 15 miles southwest of Denver. Blagojevich was the first Democrat to win the office in 2002 since Dan Walker‘s victory 30 years earlier, and won reelection to a second term in 2006. In November 2014, he was transferred to a less restrictive minimum-security prison camp on the same campus.
For political corruption and ultimately convicted on several charges, including for his attempts to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat after Obama was elected President, Blagojevich was arrested on 9th December, 2008. Likewise, he was also convicted of shakedowns involving a children’s hospital, racetrack owner and a building executive.
As evidence of Blagojevich’s shakedown, federal investigators used wiretaps. In perhaps the most famous tape, Blagojevich refers to the Senate seat as “f***ing golden.”
“I’ve got this thing and its f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for f***ing nothing.”
Trump’s thought on the case
In June, 2018 he filed clemency paperwork by officially asking President Trump to commute his prison sentence. President Donald Trump actually told reporters he was considering commuting his sentence after days. There were many tentacles to the investigation of Blagojevich, including suburban connections with Trump.
Trump called Blagojevich’s sentence “unfair”, saying that Blagojevich’s statements about enriching himself were “stupid”, but also the sort of thing “that many other politicians say”. On February 18, 2020, President Trump commuted Blagojevich’s 14-year corruption sentence, wiping away the sentence but not the conviction. “I don’t know him very well, I’ve met him a couple of times, he was on for a short time on The Apprentice years ago, seemed like a very nice person, don’t know him, but he served eight years in jail, there’s a long time to go,” Trump said to reporters.
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