Trump says he's 'very strongly' considering commuting Rod Blagojevich's sentence

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims Lindsey Graham thanks Trump, bemoans 'never-ending bull----' at South Carolina rally  MORE on Wednesday said he's "very strongly" considering commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who is serving 14 years on federal corruption charges.

“I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly," the president told reporters on Air Force One en route to Washington, D.C., after visiting the sites of recent mass shootings.

“His wife I think is fantastic and I’m thinking about commuting his sentence very strongly," Trump added. "I think it’s enough, seven years.”

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Trump tweeted Thursday evening that he was considering the matter.

"He has served 7 years. Many people have asked that I study the possibility of commuting his sentence in that it was a very severe one," Trump tweeted. "White House staff is continuing the review of this matter."

Blagojevich was removed from office in 2009 and was later convicted of a wide array of corruption charges, including trying to sell Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to South Carolina to turn around campaign To winnow primary field, Obama and other Democrats must speak out  The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Facebook — Washington, Wall Street on edge about coronavirus MORE’s Senate seat after he was elected president in 2008. The former governor began serving a 14-year prison sentence in 2012.

"I've got this thing, and it's f------ golden. I'm just not giving it up for f------ nothing," Blagojevich said of Obama's Senate seat in a recorded phone call.

Trump on Wednesday downplayed Blagojevich's conduct on the call, chalking it up to "braggadocio."

“He’s been in jail for seven years over a phone call where nothing happens — over a phone call which he shouldn’t have said what he said, but it was braggadocio you would say," Trump said. "I would think that there have been many politicians — I’m not one of them by the way — that have said a lot worse over the telephone.”

Trump suggested that a group associated with FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeySurveillance fight emerges as intelligence flashpoint Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' MORE — a frequent target of criticism for the president — was involved in the case to convict Blagojevich. Comey was working in the private sector at the time of the arrest.

The president floated a commutation for Blagojevich last year, but has yet to take action. The two men knew each previously from when the former governor appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice."

Numerous Illinois political figures have in recent years voiced support for commuting Blagojevich's sentence, including Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats introduce bill to reverse Trump's shift of military money toward wall Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development MORE (D) and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Updated at 9:50 a.m.