President Donald Trump is set to commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich who tried to sell off the Senate seat once held by former President Barack Obama, according to ABC News, which cited “multiple senior-level sources.”
Trump is “expected to commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich,” ahead of his scheduled 2024 release, the news outlet reported on Tuesday.
Blagojevich, who served as the 40th Governor of Illinois, was convicted in December 2011 on 17 different corruption charges that included charges of wire fraud, extortion, and bribery.
Trump told reporters last year that he was “thinking about commuting his sentence.”
“He’s been in jail for seven years over a phone call where nothing happens — over a phone call which he shouldn’t have said what he said, but it was braggadocio you would say,” the president said. “I would think that there have been many politicians — I’m not one of them, by the way — that have said a lot worse over the telephone.”
“His wife, I think, is fantastic, and I’m thinking about commuting his sentence very strongly,” Trump continued, adding, “I think it’s enough, seven years.”
Blagojevich’s wife has frequently appeared on Fox News to appeal for the commutation, giving interviews to Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro, and Martha MacCallum.
ABC News notes that without Trump’s intervention, Blagojevich’s date for expected release is 2024, factoring in two years of credit for good behavior.
In 2009, he appeared on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” a reality TV show then hosted by Trump.