Jesse Jackson calls on Trump to pardon Rod Blagojevich

Jesse Jackson calls on Trump to pardon Rod Blagojevich
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his eldest son called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE to pardon former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), according to The Wall Street Journal.

Blagojevich was convicted in 2011 on federal corruption charges and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

“We stand with his family as they seek a full pardon for a father and husband that has served most of a sentence that was far longer than the offense deserved,” Jackson and his son, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), wrote in a letter dated Friday.

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Blagojevich’s wife, Patti Blagojevich, appeared with the elder Jackson the day after the letter at an event at his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition headquarters to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of three U.S. soldiers captured by the former Yugoslavia, which Rod Blagojevich and Jackson helped secure, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“We’re not going to rest until we set Blagojevich free either,” Jackson said, according to the Tribune.

Blagojevich was convicted on nearly 20 federal charges, most of them relating to a scheme to sell off then-President Obama’s former Senate seat.

Patti Blagojevich has repeatedly appealed to Trump to pardon her husband, who met Trump as a contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2010 between his impeachment and removal from office and his conviction. Rod Blagojevich formally filed a petition for commutation of sentence last June.

In May 2018, Trump told reporters he was considering commuting Blagojevich’s sentence, calling it “unfair” and saying recordings in which Blagojevich speaks of using the open seat to enrich himself were things “many other politicians say.”