CHICAGO (NBC) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he commuted the sentence of imprisoned ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Trump spoke to reporters as he boarded a plane to Los Angeles.
Yes, we have commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, he served 8 years in jail, it's a long time and I watched his wife on television, I don't know him very well, I've met him a couple of times, he was on for a short while on The Apprentice years ago, seemed like a very nice person. [I] don't know him but he served 8 years in jail, that's a long time to go, many people disagree with the sentence.President Donald Trump
Trump had previously said he believed Blagojevich's sentence on political corruption charges was "really unfair," but did not include Blagojevich in past pardons and commutations.
In August, the president told reporters he was thinking about "commuting his sentence very strongly."
At the time, the president said he believes Blagojevich was “harshly sentenced,” and that he wanted to gauge the feelings of members of both parties about a possible commutation.