(WTVO/AP) — The question, of whether or not President Trump will commute the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been put on hold out of fear of a public backlash, Fox News reported Monday.
Two sources reportedly told the news organization that Blagojevich made it as far as processing for his discharge before his commutation was put on hold. The 62-year-old former governor was spotted Thursday working out in the prison exercise yard at a federal prison in Littleton, Colorado,.
The Illinois Republican Party’s chairman urged President Donald Trump not to follow through on the idea he broached this week of freeing imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Tim Schneider said in a written statement Friday that officials found guilty should serve their full sentences, especially in a state where he says “corrupt, machine-style politics is still all too common.”
Trump, a Republican, told reporters Wednesday he believed the seven years the Democrat Blagojevich has served on a 14-year sentence for corruption was enough.
Schneider told The Associated Press that his statement wasn’t sent to Trump but “was directed at anyone who would receive it.” He said state Republicans respect Trump but disagree on releasing Blagojevich.
Schneider said he doesn’t believe the White House has consulted Illinois Republicans about the matter.
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