Trump floats commutation for Blagojevich, pardon for Martha Stewart

- Mei 31, 2018

President Donald Trump indicated Thursday he is strongly considering commuting the remaining sentence for disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while also suggesting a potential pardon for Martha Stewart.

Blagojevich served as governor of Illinois from 2003 until 2009, when he was impeached and removed from office on corruption charges over allegations he solicited bribes for political appointments, including the seat vacated by former president and Illinois senator Barack Obama after he was elected in 2008.

He was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

The president also floated a potential pardon for Martha Stewart, the famed businesswoman and TV personality who in March 2004 was convicted on felony charges of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding and making false statements to federal investigators. She was later sentenced to serve a five-month term in a federal correctional facility.

Trump suggested that he might provide the reprieves to Blagojevich and Stewart to reporters while on Air Force One, according to a pool report.


 

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