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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 ObamaTrump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm' Kentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' Biden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated 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 ComeyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 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 DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks MORE (D) and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Updated at 9:50 a.m.