What Trump pardons show about his idea of presidency

What Trump pardons show about his idea of presidency”

Even the president's fellow party members in IL criticised his decision.

The state's House Republican delegation said in a statement: "Blagojevich is the face of public corruption in IL and not once has he shown any remorse".

But Trump was having none of it.

"It was a prosecution by the same people - Comey, Fitzpatrick, the same group", Mr Trump told reporters.

Blagojevich wasn't the only beneficiary of presidential mercy on Tuesday.

He was convicted on 18 counts.

Those more critical of the pardons framed his decisions as impulsive, isolated from the long-standing Justice Department procedure for considering pardons, and aimed largely at white-collar criminals whose relatives or representatives were able to lobby for relief on Fox News. The case centered on his attempt to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat after Obama was elected President.

"Kim made a difference going to the White House fighting for me, so if I can fight for something I definitely wasn't going to turn that opportunity down", Johnson said.

The White House lauded Mr Kerik for having "courageously led the New York Police Department's heroic response to the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001" and said that, "since his conviction, he has focused on improving the lives of others, including as a passionate advocate for criminal justice and prisoner re-entry reform".

Blagojevich, 63, also tried to obtain campaign funds in exchange for legislation that would help the race-track industry.

Blagojevich served eight years of his 14-year prison sentence. While aides said the timing was random, it reinforced Mr. Trump's antipathy toward the law enforcement establishment.

In 2010, he appeared and was booted off Donald Trump's reality TV show, "Celebrity Apprentice".

"If I had the ability to vote", he told reporters Wednesday in front of his Chicago home, "I would vote for him".

The commutation for Blajoveich was issued as part of a sweeping round of pardons and commutations announced by the president.

Trump has his own grievances about investigations - he has called Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian inquiry a "witch hunt".

On Trump's favourite news channel Fox News past year, Blagojevich's wife, Patti, depicted her husband as the victim of over-zealous prosecutors, drawing parallels with the president's experience during the Mueller investigation. That was a reference to former FBI Director James Comey and Patrick Fitzgerald, a federal prosecutor who brought the case against Blagojevich.

Patti Blagojevich laid out these connections in interviews. "That was not an unfair sentence", Wilkin said.

"He likes that kind of swagger".

Numerous pardons announced Tuesday were advocated by well-heeled friends of the president, including Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate, Tom Barrack, a longtime Trump confidant and the chairman of his inaugural committee, and Fox News personality Maria Bartiromo.

"I'm profoundly grateful to President Trump and it's a profound and everlasting gratitude", Blagojevich told WGN.

The White House announced on February 18 that Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency granting a full pardon to Kerik, who it said "courageously led the New York Police Department's heroic response to the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001", and who "embodied the strength, courage, compassion, and spirit of the people of New York and this great nation".

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