In a surprising move, President Trump said on Tuesday that he had granted clemency to the disgraced former Illinois governor, democrat Rod Blagojevich, who had served roughly half of a 14-year sentence on federal corruption charges. The commutation concludes more than a year's worth of vacillation within the White House over whether to intervene in the Blagojevich case.
The disgraced Blagojevich was removed from office in 2009 and was later convicted of a wide array of corruption charges, including attempted extortion of a children's hospital for campaign contributions and trying to sell former President Obama's Senate seat after he was elected to the White House in 2008. The former governor began serving a 14-year prison sentence in 2012.
Blagojevich was infamously caught on tape speaking about the pay-for-play scheme involving Obama's seat. "I've got this thing, and it's fucking golden. I'm just not giving it up for fucking nothing," Blagojevich said in a recorded phone call.