U.S. President Donald Trump has reduced jail time to former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, according to CNN.
“Yes, we commuted the sentence to Rod Blagojevich. He served eight years in prison – a long term. He seems to be a good person, although I don’t know him, ”the president said during a conversation with reporters.
According to the head of the White House, the former Illinois governor received an “extremely harsh, ridiculous sentence.”
Rod Blagojevich was sentenced in 2011 to 14 years in prison for corruption crimes, including for attempting to “sell” the Senator’s seat from the state of Illinois, which was freed after Barack Obama left this post in 2008.
The Illinois State House of Representatives voted in January 2009 to impeach Blagojevich: 114 representatives spoke in favor of the resignation, one vote was cast. He became the first governor in Illinois history to undergo impeachment proceedings. His successor was Deputy Governor Pat Quinn. In 2010, Rod Blagojevich participated in Trump’s American Candidate reality show.
In addition, Trump also pardoned businessman Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., financier Michael Milken and former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik. All were convicted of crimes related to bribery and fraud.