Trump offers sympathy, hints at pardon for Blagojevich

December 20, 2018

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign for a pardon got fresh attention Sunday from President Donald Trump.

The president piped up on Twitter after Blagojevich’s wife compared the two men’s dealings with prosecutors.

Patti Blagojevich has become a regular on a number of Fox News cable shows. During an appearance with Martha MacCallum, Patti Blagojevich called the investigations into Trump a witch hunt similar to what she said happened to her husband 10 years ago.

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and all they have to do is look back at what they did to my husband 10 years ago to see what they’re doing to President Trump right now,” she said. “The same political assassins, as I like to call them, are taking legal fundraising contributions and legal requests for fundraising and turning them into something that they’re saying are crimes when they’re nonexistent crimes.”

Blagojevich has a petition for clemency in front of the president. When asked about it, Patti Blagojevich talked up the president’s virtues.

“The president’s about justice and fairness, and we hope that he looks at Rod and sees how unfair and unjust what’s been done to our family,” she said.

Blagojevich has been in prison for six years of his 14-year sentence. He was convicted of corruption connected to trying to sell President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.

In a tweet Sunday, Trump called the segment “required television watching” and called Patti Blagojevich “wonderful.”

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